Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Judge slams Wisconsin governor, lawmakers for not delaying election amid coronavirus outbreak The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden offers to talk coronavirus response with Trump MORE on Thursday night accused Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' Poll: Biden holds slight edge on Trump in Wisconsin MORE of using a “racist” term when she described young black criminals in the 1990s as “superpredators.”

At the Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn, Sanders was asked why he attacked Clinton on the campaign trail earlier in the week for using the term.

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“Because it was a racist term and everybody knew it was a racist term," Sanders responded.

The crowd cheered his response and Clinton grimaced.

Last month, the former first lady apologized to a protester who confronted her for having used the term.

“Looking back, I shouldn't have used those words, and I wouldn't use them today," Clinton said.

Moments earlier at the debate, Clinton apologized for what she said were the unintended consequences of the 1994 crime bill her husband, then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonClintons send pizza to NY hospital staff treating coronavirus Budowsky: President Trump, meet with all former living presidents Why Klobuchar should be Biden's vice presidential pick MORE, signed into law.

Sanders also voted for the law. Both have said there were good aspects to it, such as the Violence Against Women Act, but both say it also led to the over-incarceration of African-Americans.

“My husband has apologized, he was the president who actually signed it,” Clinton said. “Sen. Sanders voted for it.

"But I’m sorry for the consequences that were unintended and have had a very unfortunate impact on peoples lives," she continued. I’ve seen the results and impact it has had on families and communities.”