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Bernie Sanders clashes with the news cycle: Let’s focus on poverty-stricken US cities — not problems overseas.

The Bernie Sanders campaign clashed head-on with an election cycle dominated by Donald Trump and the politics of terrorism on Tuesday, as the Vermont senator insisted that candidates needed to focus on the “third world” conditions of American cities instead. During a trip to Baltimore to meet with local church groups and tour a neighbourhood still reeling from summer rioting, Sanders was questioned in a press conference about why his staff had instructed journalists not to ask him about him about the Islamic State. “What about Isis, guys?” Sanders asked as he laughed and he turned to the black church leaders standing next to him. “How often are these people talking about the issues that we talked about today? “Of course I will talk about Isis,” he added, more angrily. “But today what we are talking about is a community in which half of the people don’t have jobs.

Bernie Sanders took his presidential campaign to the heart of a Baltimore neighborhood on Tuesday that witnessed riots last spring, calling the level of poverty and rundown housing in parts of the city reminiscent of a “third-world country.” The Democratic candidate toured the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested before he died of a broken neck in police custody, triggering riots. Carol Allan, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Freddie Gray, and ended with testimony from an emergency medical technician who found Gray unresponsive at the Western District police station. Tuesday’s clash also followed a chaotic tour of the Baltimore’s Sandtown district during which the campaign’s awkward relationship with an unruly media pack was on full display. As Sanders toured the neighbourhood that was home to 25-year-old Freddie Gray before he was killed in the back of a police van, shouts of “no to Trump” were more frequent among bystanders than the occasional shouts of recognition for “Bernie” from those members of the public who spotted him through the thick scrum of cameras. “Safe and liveable housing,” chanted others next to a mural of Gray, while the senator was trying to talk about the need for better educational and job opportunities. “You can agree with me or not,” he told the CNN journalist who raised the Isis ban. “Obviously Isis and terrorism are a huge national issue that we have got to address, but so is poverty, so is unemployment, so is education, so is healthcare, so is the need to protect working families, and I will continue to talk about those issues.

The presidential contender said it was “stunning that we are less than an hour from the White House and the United States Congress.” Sanders has sought to make inroads with black voters against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has garnered endorsements from black members of Congress and has longstanding ties to the African-American community, helped in part by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Prior to the seating of the 12-person jury last week, about 150 potential jurors had been screened for any business or personal connections to more than 200 potential witnesses and stakeholders in the case. Porter is the first of six police officers to be tried in the death of Gray, a 25-year-old West Baltimore resident who suffered a severe spinal injury after his arrest on April 12 and died a week later.

In a sign of his support among liberals, Sanders won the endorsement Tuesday of The Working Families Party, a coalition of unions and progressive groups that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. One pastor, addressing police militarization, said that his daughter was afraid of the police. “She’s freaking out,” he said. “We have so many kids now who don’t trust the police. When asked about the latest Department of Justice investigation into a similar death in Chicago, Sanders told the Guardian that “it’s a huge issue”, adding: “I made a request that the federal government do an investigation into what happened in Chicago and I am glad that they are. Morris Marc Soriano, an Illinois neurosurgeon — both testified that Gray’s life could have been saved had Porter called for a medic when Gray first told him he needed one.

Sanders noted that he was arrested as a young man while demonstrating at the University of Chicago and said “there is a revolution that has to take place” in which police departments become part of the communities they serve. He said residents of many poor neighborhoods are hurt by a lack of grocery stores and banking options and many are preyed upon by payday loans and high interest rates.

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