Larry Wilmore gets Bernie Sanders to describe why his policy platform is "on fleek"

The "Nightly Show" host also suggests a "Weekend at Bernie's" backup plan during his soul food sit-down

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published September 22, 2015 2:15PM (EDT)

  (Screenshot: Comedy Central)
(Screenshot: Comedy Central)

Vermont Independent senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shared an inaugural meal with comedian Larry Wilmore for his new series of soul food sit-downs with 2016 presidential candidates to discuss the issues while chowing down on chicken.

"Tyler Perry Presents Lee Daniels' Soul Food Sit-Down With Larry Wilmore, Based on the novel 'Pull' by Sapphire, Featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders," as it was called aired on Monday's edition of Comedy Central's "Nightly Show" but actually occurred last Friday. 

"You are on fire, Bernie," Wilmore opened the discussion, noting that "this is the year that people are anticipating a first."

"We might have the first woman president, we already had the first black president, Bill Clinton," Wilmore joked. "We just had the first Muslim president," he continued.

"And the guy wasn't even born in America," Sanders offered.

“Do you think America is ready for the first socialist president?” Wilmore asked, getting to his point.

“Yeah, I do,” Sanders replied.“Once we understand what Democratic socialism means … what it means is learning from countries like Denmark and Sweden and Finland and Norway. They have free healthcare for all of their people. They have free college education for all of their people.”

“Is that their way of keeping people in Finland?” Wilmore asked. 

Wilmore then asked Sanders whether he thought people were afraid of the word socialism. "Are you going to take my deviled egg? Is that what it means,” Wilmore wondered, cramming Sanders' egg, garnish and all, into his mouth. "By the way, socialism tastes fantastic," he added. 

Wilmore also noted that Sanders would be the first Jewish president, if elected, and the oldest president. Invoking 1989 classic, Wilmore asked be comfortable with a, let’s say, ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ situation, to get you through the rest of your administration," before handing the senator a pair of black sunglasses. Sanders, ever a good sport during the entire segment, then did a pretty spot-on Bernie Lomax impersonation. 

Wilmore also got Sanders to use the teenage term "on fleek" to describe his criminal justice reform plans, although the 74-year old Vermonter ended up saying a less cooler "un fleek" variant.

"Larry Wilmore says that I should tell you that my plans for criminal justice reform are 'un fleek.' I'm on my way now," Sanders declared to the camera before agreeing to wear a Donald Trump-like baseball cap that read, "Black-Eyed Peas Matter," as a reference to the senator's infamous interruptions by protestors affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

“I’ll be honest with you, I hate it when black people interrupt me,” Wilmore offered, before asking: “What do you think would be a good way to get black people to ‘Feel the Bern?’”

“We’re going to do everything we can to end institutional racism in this country and more,” Sanders suggested. “We’ve also got to deal with real criminal justice reform.”

Watch the Sanders and Wilmore soul food sit-down via Comedy Central:

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
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By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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