Bernie Sanders once again proved that he is a real candidate with a real and deep interest in the welfare of this country when he rebuked a reporter during a press conference in the hometown of Freddie Gray on Tuesday evening.

Senator Sanders toured the neighborhood where Freddie Gray, a victim of police brutality, had been arrested, and then met with local pastors to discuss the unique issues facing black communities in America. Sanders’ press secretary had asked the reporters to stay “on-topic” ahead of the conference, advising them not to mention ISIS in their questions.

When a reporter asked Sen. Sanders about the advisory the press secretary had given, Bernie became visibly agitated and proceeded to shame the reporter and any members of the media who obsess over controversial soundbites and empty rhetoric rather than focusing on substantial issues like those the Senator was addressing on that day.

“Alright, what about ISIS, guys? How often do these people talk about issues that we talked about today? Of course I’ll talk about ISIS.”

“But today what we’re talking about is we’re talking about a community where half of the people don’t have jobs. We’re talking about a community in which there are hundreds of buildings that are uninhabitable. We’re taking about a community where kids are unable to go to schools that are decent.”

“Obviously ISIS and terrorism are a huge national issue that we’ve got to address. But so is poverty, so is unemployment, so is education, so is health care, so is the need to protect working families.”

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at