KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- About a thousand Latinos listened to Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders speak out against racism, income inequality and status quo immigration Monday morning.
The independent senator from Vermont is considered a socialist, but his far left views are generating some popular support among those attending the National Council of La Raza Conference.
Sanders criticized Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump for recently saying that some illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico are "rapists" and "criminals." Sanders said Trump is trying to divide our nation based on race or country of origin.
But after his speech the socialist senator declined to call Trump a racist.
"For a major candidate for President of the United States to be throwing slurs, at one group of people because of the country that they came from is totally unacceptable period," Sanders said.
Sanders also spoke of the need to create a legal path to citizenship for about 11 million undocumented workers in this nation. And he preached against the rising wealth of the top one percent, who he says are the only people to benefit from the economic recovery while the rest of America works longer for lower wages.
Monday afternoon conference attendees will hear from the two other Democratic candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.