Bernie SandersBernie SandersObama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Americans have a choice: Socialized medicine or health care freedom Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden MORE on Thursday night accused Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Hillary Clinton tweets 'vote them out' after Senate GOP confirm Barrett CNN: Kayleigh McEnany praised Biden as 'man of the people' in 2015 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 ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage Trump expected to bring Hunter Biden's former business partner to debate Davis: On eve of tonight's debate — we've seen this moment in history before 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.”