Bernie Sanders broke bread with the Rev. Al Sharpton Wednesday as the surging Democratic presidential candidate from Brooklyn sought to shore up support among black voters.
The pair met at Sylvia’s in Harlem around 10 a.m.
Sharpton hugged Sanders at the entrance to the Lenox Ave. food mecca. They waved to supporters who chanted “Bernie! Bernie!”
Following the 20-minute sit-down Sharpton briefly addressed the crowd outside the restaurant.
“I’ve asked him very bluntly about Flint. I’ve asked him very bluntly about affirmative action,” Sharpton said of the conversation. “I’ve asked him very bluntly about the issues of police brutality and police misconduct, things I want to hear.”
The meeting was arranged at Sanders’ request, according to The Washington Post.
“I just feel my beliefs align with what Bernie stands for,” said Angela Bronna-Helm, 42, who was interested in starting a “Harlem for Bernie” group. “We need someone with real ideas and policies and vision that are going to help us in our community and I think Bernie is the man to do it.”
Sanders left without addressing the crowd.
Sharpton said he would meet with Hillary Clinton next Thursday and then announce his endorsement.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Ryan Sit, Stephen Rex Brown