While trying to exploit African American support to keep her campaign moving forward against a vigorous progressive challenge by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton refused to apologize for insensitive remarks and a record of supporting mass incarceration, eliminating welfare benefits and other factors that adversely impacted poor Americans.
Ashley Williams, an activist associated with the Black Lives Matter movement confronted candidate Clinton about remarks the former First Lady made in 1996, calling urban youth “super predators” and saying “we must bring them to heel.”
Still, black voters appear highly supportive of Hillary Clinton despite her use of what has been called “a textbook case of racist dog-whistles,” or code words intended to incite support among Southerners by villifying African Americans.
That is not the only example of the candidate’s conflicted record. Agents of Hillary’s 2008 campaign circulated photos of President Barack Obama in Muslim ceremonial attire but now she pretends to be outraged by criticism of the administration’s record lodged by Sanders, who takes a firmer approach on dealing with torture, bank bailouts and action that negatively impacts on military veterans.
Sanders has rejuvenated the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, representing values from which President Bill Clinton led a retreat during the 1990s.
“Instead of investing in jails and incarceration I will invest in education and jobs,” said Sanders, who has made economic issues that cause poverty and racism the core of his campaign.
With 4 percent of the world’s population, the United States has 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. If current trends continue, one in four black males born today is likely to spend time in prison during his lifetime and much of that is a result of Clinton era crime laws.
Meanwhile, the real unemployment rate for black high school graduates from 17 to 20 years old was 51 percent, according to an Economic Policy Institute. The analysis prepared at Sanders’ request. Also put the jobless figure for Hispanics in the same age group at 36 percent from. For white youths, the rate was 34 percent.
Thus far, Sanders has refused to engage in negative advertising, a practice he has embraced throughout his political career. Still, Hillary’s faltering campaign is largely due to her own inconsistency, dishonesty and nasty attitude toward anyone who questions her.
Many Democrats fear she is not electable, given the strong antipathy toward her among Republicans and the general sense among Americans that she cannot be trusted. Recent polls show her losing to every potential GOP nominee, while Sanders handily would beat Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and other Republican presidential contenders.
The momentum building behind Sanders’ White House campaign was on display in Ohio this morning, a day after nearly 6,900 Bernie Sanders supporters cheered at a raucous rally in Oklahoma.
Sanders cited huge turnouts at his rallies and three new national polls putting him ahead of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party presidential nomination contest.
“We started this campaign 9 1/2 months ago and we were at 3 percent. In the last week there have been three national polls that have us in the lead,” Sanders told a crowd of some 7,100 supporters who attended a weekday afternoon rally in Missouri. “We are gaining momentum every single day.”
Sanders on Wednesday detailed proposals to reduce poverty in the United States and he attributed the increase in part to President Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform bill — which Sanders opposed at the time as “an assault on the poor, women and children, minorities and immigrants.”
“The United States today has the highest poverty rate of nearly any major country on earth because almost all of the new wealth and income is going to the people on top,” Sanders said. “The poor remain invisible, powerless, not heard from. Most don’t even vote,” he added.
Sanders said 21 percent of children in the United States and 37 percent of African-American children live in poverty. In South Carolina, where Democrats go to the polls Saturday, the childhood poverty rate overall is greater than the national figure. The 27 percent overall rate in South Carolina includes 138,000 black children and 34,000 Hispanic children.
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