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For 8 years we've heard how Republicans are racist for daring to criticize Barack Obama. It's every Democrat's favorite retort, especially when she's losing an argument.
Yesterday, the Congressional Black Caucus leveled the same charge against Socialist upstart Bernie Sanders, because he's aligned himself with Democrats who criticize Obama.
Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York, the chairman of the CBC, tore into Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent, calling his record on gun control "very troubling" and questioning the significance of his growing roster of black surrogates.
"His record on guns is very troubling. Bernie Sanders voted to protect the gun manufacturers. That's a problem."
Mr. Meeks said Ms. Clinton has been focused on "getting guns off the street" and accused Mr. Sanders, who served in the House for nearly two decades before his election to the Senate, of not being a partner with the CBC. The Queens congressman predicted […] Mr. Sanders […] would fail with the black electorate.
Since both Iowa and New Hampshire are almost entirely white, and Mr. Sanders hails from one of the whitest states in America, the "real primary" is just beginning now, Mr. Meeks argued. He ripped some of Mr. Sanders' most prominent black surrogates, including Dr. Cornel West, a fierce Obama critic. This, along with a focus on Mr. Sanders' gun record, has been an emerging Clinton attack line: that Mr. Sanders, who claims to support President Obama and promises to protect his legacy, aligns himself with the likes of Dr. West, who once called Mr. Obama a "niggerized" president for not challenging white supremacy.
"Cornel West is one of the biggest critics of Barack Obama. People like him don't acknowledge all the good work he's done," Mr. Meeks said. "These are all critics of Barack Obama, which means Sanders is a big critic of Barack Obama."
Yowza! This is starting to get good!
See, it's not enough to promise everyone Free Stuff. Nope. You have to promise Black Americans more Free Stuff than anyone else in order to garner the CBC's endorsement.
Then there's Rep. John Lewis, attacking Bernie for claiming to have fought for civil rights in the 1960s.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., hit Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders' past activism during the civil rights movement while throwing his support behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Lewis was participating in a press conference on Thursday announcing that the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee was endorsing Clinton. In response to a question from Roll Call about Sanders' previous work on civil rights, Lewis, a civil rights leader who chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and spoke at the 1963 March on Washington, said he did not work with Sanders."I never saw him. I never met him," Lewis said. "I was involved in the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery and directed the Voter Education Project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton."
Lewis' remarks contrast with Sanders' frequent highlighting of his record on civil rights. Sanders' campaign website bio shows him as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the University of Chicago to see Martin Luther King — and incidentally, Lewis — speak in 1963.
Sorry Bernie, it's all about what you've done for them lately. And sucking up to Al Sharpton when you should have been pandering to the CBC, well, that's not how the game is played.
Nevermind that according to Larry Elder writing at Real Clear Politics Blacks are worse off under Obama. In most cases far worse off. And nevermind that the former Chairman of the CBC has this to say about Obama in 2011:
The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., in 2011, complained about the economic plight of Black America. He said, "If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House." He repeated the statement 12 months later, when black unemployment stood at 14.1 percent: "As the chair of the Black Caucus, I've got to tell you, we are always hesitant to criticize the President. With 14 percent (black) unemployment, if we had a white president we'd be marching around the White House."
Instead they've sold their souls to Hillary Clinton, who has promised to be
the realization of Obama's 3rd term. Whether or not that's good news for
Black America, or for that matter America in general, is very much in doubt.
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