BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders took a jab at President Donald Trump's recent vulgar language during a weekend event honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King.

The independent senator said that, "unlike Trump," the late civil rights leader didn't denigrate people from other countries and cultures, and looked forward to a day 'when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but on the content of their character.'"

Sanders spoke Sunday at The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center.

Keynote speaker Lou Gossett Jr. spoke via Skype because of health problems.

The Burlington Free Press reported that Oscar recipient sounded an optimistic note. Gossett said that if people took time to get to know and understand each other's cultures, cultural and racial superiority could be eliminated within a generation.

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This story has been corrected to show Sanders is a senator.