Anointing herself guardian of Obama legacy, Hillary implies Bernie is hostile to blacks.
For months now, we’ve been told that the black community of South Carolina is Hillary Clinton’s firewall to retain her front runner status but after Sanders’ sizable New Hampshire win, she’s not taking any chances.
Black families are denied mortgages nearly 3x as often as white families. We need to tear down barriers of systemic racism that still exist.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 15, 2016
Perhaps encouraged by New Hampshire, Sanders is now aggressively going after the black vote.
Rebecca Savransky of The Hill:
Sanders touts agenda to attract black voters
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Sunday that black voters should choose him over rival Hillary Clinton because he is focusing on an agenda “that works for all Americans.”
“But especially for those who were hardest hurt, hardest hit economically,” he said on”Fox News Sunday.”
Sanders outlined his agenda, which includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years, achieving pay equity for women, creation millions of decent-paying jobs and rebuilding the “crumbling infrastructure.”
“We are talking about focusing on the outrageously high rate of youth unemployment in the African American community. We are talking about having the United States join the rest of the industrialized world guaranteeing healthcare for all, making tuition at public colleges and universities free so all of our kids regardless of income can get the higher education,” he said.
Sanders is also running ads about the Civil Rights movement. A CNN panel discussed the ad yesterday:
During the last Democratic debate, Hillary positioned herself as the champion of Obama’s legacy and questioned Bernie’s commitment to Obama. It was a political tactic and it seems to have worked.
The Times of Israel reports:
Black Democrats question Sanders’ commitment to Obama
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders’ push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama’s legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the nation’s first black president.
Clinton sought solidarity with Obama at every turn during Thursday’s debate in Milwaukee, referring to herself as a “staunch supporter” of his health care law and praising him as a role model on race relations. Clinton ended the debate by criticizing Sanders for saying in an interview with MSNBC that Obama had failed the “presidential leadership test.”
By Friday, as Clinton traveled to a black community in South Carolina, her African-American allies in Congress seized upon comments the Vermont senator made at the debate insinuating that race relations would “absolutely” be better under a future Sanders administration.
If you’ve forgotten how often Hillary mentioned Obama during the debate, just watch this:
Who will prevail?
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