At last night’s Congressional Black Caucus gala, Obama gave a speech in which he urged the black community to vote for Clinton in order to preserve his legacy and all the “progress we’ve made.”

The Hill reports:

President Obama called on the black community to show Hillary Clinton the same support it did for him in an impassioned speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala Saturday night.

“We have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community. I will consider it a personal insult and an insult to my legacy if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election,” he said. “You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote.”

“If you care about our legacy, realize everything we stand for is at stake. All the progress we’ve made is at stake in this election.

“My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot. Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Good schools are on the ballot. Ending mass incarceration, that’s on the ballot right now,” he said. “And there is one candidate who will advance those things, and there is another candidate whose defining principle, the central theme of his candidacy, is opposition to all that we’ve done. There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter; it all matters.”

Obama’s full speech:

Hillary, at the same event, made it clear that she intends to ride Obama’s “legacy” to the Oval Office.

The Hill continues:

In her keynote address at the dinner, Clinton similarly presented herself as a way to carry on Obama’s legacy while warning against a Trump presidency without mentioning him by name.

“We need ideas, not insults; real plans to help struggling Americans in communities that have been left out and left behind, not prejudice and paranoia,” she said. “We can’t let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into the hands of someone who doesn’t understand that, whose dangerous and divisive vision for our country will drag us backwards.”

If you are so inclined, you can watch Hillary’s full speech here.

The RNC released a statement on Hillary’s remarks:

Hillary Clinton only represents more of the same stale Democrat policies which have failed black Americans for decades. Over the past eight years, black youth unemployment is up and paychecks are flat, but Hillary Clinton is merely rehashing an agenda that has moved America further away from prosperity for all.

Americans who want good jobs, high-performing schools, and safe neighborhoods can’t trust Hillary Clinton’s lip service on fixing the problems in our inner cities, and her stunning levels of dishonesty and corruption will further dissuade many African Americans who are already thinking twice about supporting her candidacy.

In addition to being the first Republican presidential nominee to host an event during Congressional Black Caucus Week, Donald Trump is putting forth new ideas that will generate millions of good jobs, deliver school choice, and put the American people first once again. Our Party is committed to fighting for the black vote and giving every American an opportunity to achieve their dreams.


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