Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on women's march: Trump 'made a big mistake' Trump speaks with top Dem about high drug prices Sanders supports women marchers with tweet MORE blamed Wall Street and bad trade deals for creating a series of events in Flint, Mich., that ultimately led to the toxic water disaster currently plaguing the city.
"I suppose they can trust the corporations that have destroyed Flint by a disastrous trade policy which have allowed them to shut down plants in Flint and move to China and Mexico," Sanders told a cheering crowd During Thursday night's Democratic debate in Flint.
"We can trust them, I'm sure," the Vermont senator added sarcastically.
CNN moderator Anderson Cooper had challenged Sanders on his plans to use the federal government to help Flint recover after a cost-saving decision by public officials to change the city's water source led to a toxic lead contamination.
Addressing Sanders, Cooper said, "This crisis in Flint, as you know ... was created by the government. Your policies are about expanding government. Why should people from Flint trust that more government is the answer?"
Sanders took a sarcastic tone in his answer and was rewarded with the biggest cheers of the early exchanges between he and Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonEx-Clinton aide calls Trump spokesman a 'failure' Madonna to critics of women's march: 'F--k you' Women's march takes over DC MORE.
"Maybe we should let Wall Street come in and let them run the city of Flint," Sanders said.
"Because we know their honesty and integrity has done so much for the American people.
"Look, we live in a democracy, and I'm the last person to deny the government is failing in many respects. But at the end of the day, I will trust the people to create a government that works for them rather than Wall Street or corporate America."