CHARLESTON, S.C. — Bernie Sanders, who suddenly is surging in the polls in South Carolina's looming primary, once complained that too many southern states hold early primaries -- griping that the calendar "distorts reality.
In a taping of Comedy Central's “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” in April 2016, Sanders, I-Vt., made the dismissive comment as he alleged the nominating process was "rigged" -- after Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly defeated him in most southern primary contests.
In 2016, Clinton was the clear favorite among black voters, a crucial segment of the Democratic electorate in southern states and elsewhere, whereas Sanders did well in mostly white states like New Hampshire.
The unearthed clip comes as Sanders is now surging in South Carolina, and aiming to take on former Vice President Joe Biden in the state once thought to be his firewall.
Earlier this month, Biden touted the importance of South Carolina.