GOP chairwoman presses CNN host on why Sanders wasn't asked about Baltimore comments

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielRepublican Party sending mailer labeled census ahead of official forms Trump campaign, pro-Trump groups raise over million in January Man arrested in possible targeting of Trump volunteers MORE on Tuesday pressed CNN's John Berman on why Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.) hasn't been confronted for once saying that parts of Baltimore resembled a "Third World country."
 
"You have a great opportunity with your debate tonight to talk to Bernie Sanders about what he said about Baltimore. Was he racist? He was on CNN on Sunday and nobody asked him about his comments about Baltimore being a Third World country," McDaniel said.
Sanders will be on stage Tuesday evening for the first of two consecutive nights of Democratic debates.
 
Sanders made the "Third World" comments in 2015, when he was a presidential candidate. The remarks were in reference to a visit he made earlier in the year to the West Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray died while in police custody.
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"Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you’re in a wealthy nation. You would think that you were in a Third World country," he said at the time.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE on Monday seized on Sanders's comments, arguing the Democratic presidential candidate should be labeled a racist for the remarks if people are going to criticize the president's own recent tweets about the city.

The president on Saturday and Sunday sent more than a dozen tweets about House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings House wants documents on McEntee's security clearances VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing MORE (D-Md.) and the city of Baltimore, which includes Cummings's congressional district.

Trump described the country's 30th-largest city and surrounding areas as a "very dangerous & filthy place" where "no human being would want to live." He later called Cummings — the son of sharecroppers in South Carolina — a "racist."

The back-and-forth on CNN began after McDaniel argued that Trump's economic policies regarding the African American community have not received adequate media coverage. She pointed to historically low levels of unemployment and rising wages.

Berman, who is co-anchor of CNN's "New Day," cited a chart "as a point of reference" to show that black unemployment had been "dropping for some time" and was cut in half under former President Obama.