Sharpton: Sanders no different than Clinton on ’94 crime bill
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Al Sharpton says Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: (Mis)interpreting elections Dems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women Rasmussen poll: Nearly three-quarters of Dems want 'fresh face' as nominee in 2020 MORE is no different than rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE on a controversial 1994 crime bill signed by her husband, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWhy did it take so long for Trump to drain the swamp of Pruitt? An orthodox legal life and the case for Judge Kavanaugh Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE, when he was president.

“There was no division in 1994,” Sharpton said on MSNBC’s “The Place for Politics 2016." "We are looking at a distinction without a difference.

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“I want to be clear: There was no difference in 1994 [between Hillary] Clinton and Sanders in support of that bill. He was in Congress and voted for it, and she supported it as first lady.”

Critics say the crime law, which took effect under President Bill Clinton, harmed minority communities by raising mandatory minimum sentences. They've also blasted Hillary Clinton at the time for using the term "super predator" in reference to young people in the '90s.

Sharpton's comments come after former President Clinton fiercely defended the law during a heated confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters at a rally last week.

Sanders criticized the former president Saturday, arguing his defense was “unacceptable."

“I think that the president owes the American people an apology for trying to defend the indefensible,” he said at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y.

Sharpton on Monday said that Bill Clinton’s crime bill ultimately harmed African-Americans and other minorities.

“Yes, there were some good aspects of it,” he said. "[But] we just felt that the bad outweighed the good. It led to more mass incarceration.”

Sanders voted in favor of the crime bill in 1994, citing support for measures addressing violence against women and restricting assault weapons availability.

The Clintons have defended aspects of the law, but say it should be changed to deal with the problem of mass incarceration. 

- This story was updated at 12:51 p.m.