Tim Pool:”I was a fan of Bernie Sanders until he said white people don’t know what it’s like to be poor.” Joe Rogan:”That’s hilarious, go to WV and visit the fucking coal miners.” WVian here. He DID, and it’s on video. He asked white people from WV’s poorest county to explain poverty on camera.

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Tim Pool was on JRE a couple days ago and said the above statement. Rogan assumed what Pool said was true and just ran with it. What's hilarious is he brought up WV, my home state, and said Sanders should visit to learn about poverty for white people.

As someone who followed Bernie for a long time, I can attest that he visited West Virginia many times, and he visited our poorest county, McDowell, 3 times. He hosted 2 events drawing attention to poverty in the area, both before and after those "white people can't be poor" comments. I think the gaffe in question was really him badly phrasing an argument about ghettos. Ghettos are definitionally racial creations. It’s true that white people in America don't know what it's like to be poor members OF A GHETTO. That's different from saying white people can't be poor in general.

It's not possible that Sanders would believe there was no such thing as white poverty, BEFORE, DURING(this one's a 1.5 hour seminar almost on poverty in WV's southern coalfields. And Sanders makes it clear the point of it is to give the people of McDowell a voice), and AFTER his presidential run(and that gaffe), he has been drawing public awareness to one of the worst areas for white poverty in the country. More than that, he gave the people of McDowell a microphone and asked them to speak about their own experiences relating to living their lives in poverty.

People should give others the benefit of the doubt if something is said at face value that contradicts everything they've stood for before and after what was said. I think Sanders's comments were just a gaffe resulting from clumsy word choice. I think context + Sanders's clear history prove he believes in white poverty and is concerned about it. Finally I think some lazy-minded people looking to confirm their own pre-conceived biases screened Sanders's word choice to make him look like he didn't care about poor white people, when that's obviously not true.

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Tim Pool on JRE: “I was a big fan of Bernie Sanders . . . [until he said] white people don’t know what it’s like to be poor.” Joe Rogan: “That’s hilarious, go to WV and visit the . . . coal miners.” WVian here. He DID. Watch this 1.5 hr event he hosted in McDowell County, WV, on white poverty.

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Tim Pool on JRE: "I was a big fan of Bernie Sanders . . . [until he said] white people don't know what it's like to be poor." Joe Rogan: "That's hilarious, go to WV and visit the . . . coal miners." WVian here. He DID. Watch this 1.5 hr event he hosted in McDowell County, WV, on white poverty. submitted by /u/Gardnerr12
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Bernie Sanders: “Today, over 40 million Americans live in poverty – including millions of children and seniors. As we enter the holiday season, and think about the future of our country, let us not forget the biblical admonishment: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'”

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Bernie Sanders: "Today, over 40 million Americans live in poverty - including millions of children and seniors. As we enter the holiday season, and think about the future of our country, let us not forget the biblical admonishment: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'" submitted by /u/relevantlife
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There’s enough wealth in the world to keep everyone out of poverty and enough income sustain that. Poverty is a political and moral failure of the entire species.

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I may not be the chief mathematician for @SenateBudget but the number crunching ain't hard.

People: 7.7 billion

Wealth: $ 280 trillion

Income: $ 127 trillion

Worldwide poverty level: $ 2 [btw 1.5m US homes / 2.8m US kids are below this]

US poverty level: $ 12,000


44% of adults could not cover an emergency expense costing $ 400.

The policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment, and make even basic health care into a privilege to be earned rather than a right of citizenship. This bodes ill for for society as a whole.

The persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power.

  • Stop irrationally demonizing taxation and begin exploring how reasonable taxes can dramatically increase the social well-being of Americans and the country's economic competitiveness.

  • Provide universal healthcare, as every other developed and many developing countries already do. This would rescue millions from misery, save money on emergency care, increase employment, and generate a healthier and more productive workforce.

Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, June 22nd 2018 | Full Report

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