Bill Clinton slams Sanders for ‘sneering reference’ to South

Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonClinton still 'disappointed' Sanders held off on endorsing her in 2016 Booker notes 'anger' over more billionaires than black candidates in 2020 race Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats MORE on Friday ripped Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work MORE for his “sneering reference” in Thursday night's debate about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThree legal scholars say Trump should be impeached; one thinks otherwise Report: Barr attorney can't provide evidence Trump was set up by DOJ Jayapal pushes back on Gaetz's questioning of impeachment witness donations to Democrats MORE’s landslide victories in the South.

“Oh it's just the South. We know how conservative they are,” Clinton said in a mocking tone.

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“Well excuse me, but Democrats need to win Florida and North Carolina not only to get elected, but they are states of the future — highly diverse. And she won a big victory there.”

Bill Clinton’s comments at an event in the Bronx shows Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign intends to use the Sanders comments against him.

Clinton’s wins in the South were built predominantly on support from African-Americans, who are also an influential constituency in New York’s primary on Tuesday.

Bill Clinton also took several jabs at GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE.

The former president celebrated the diversity at the campaign rally and condemned Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“You could put up all the walls you want in America,” Clinton said. “We’d still be in an interdependent world because of social media.

“There’s no place for us to hide. And this is the model of the future that I want for the young people not just in the United States but all over the world,” he added.

Clinton indirectly referenced the GOP front-runner's proposal to monitor Muslim neighborhoods.

“No one who walked through that door today was asked to check your faith at the door, check your race at the door, and check your politics at the door,” Clinton said. “Everywhere in the world people are working together for inclusive economic opportunities, inclusive social policies, which is a fancy way of saying we love our differences.”

Clinton went on to knock Trump's call for mass deportation and highlighted the need for immigration reform.

“The suggestion by the leading candidate on the other side that he’s going to send everybody home is not only unethical, it’s the dumbest economic idea I’ve ever heard in my life,” Clinton said.