Rupert Murdoch: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Are "Trolling for Black Votes"

Rupert Murdoch - H 2015
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Rupert Murdoch - H 2015

"Worst type of pandering," the 21st Century Fox chairman wrote.

Rupert Murdoch accused Democratic candidates of "trolling for black votes" as the presidential campaign shifts gears to the next contests. 

The chairman of 21st Century Fox wrote on his Twitter account that Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were merely "pandering" prior to primaries in South Carolina (Feb. 27) and Nevada (Feb. 23). 

"US race relations bad enough without Clinton, Sanders trolling for black votes trying to criminalise cops. Worst type of pandering," Murdoch wrote.

In recent days, Sanders has met with Al Sharpton in Harlem and touted an endorsement from songwriter Harry Belafonte. Clinton, meanwhile, nabbed the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC.

The candidates squared off in a debate on Thursday night in Milwaukee aired by PBS and CNN in which they were asked how they'd address high incarceration rates for African-American males.

The media mogul frequently uses Twitter to offer 140-character commentary on the presidential campaign. Earlier in the week, Murdoch commented on Gov. Chris Christie's disappointing showing in the New Hampshire primaries and his pointed criticism of Sen. Marco Rubio. 

"Chris Christie, suicide bomber. Damages victim while blowing himself up!" he wrote.