Establishment Democrats are attempting to distract voters away from the Wikileaks revelations by ratcheting up rhetoric about an unfounded Russian threat. Given that the press is on the side of the Clinton campaign, it may very well be working. Still, the revelations on how Clinton’s operatives used race to manipulate black voters should not be ignored.
Here’s a Democratic operative suggesting that Democrats use tokenism, i.e. identity politics, to win over black people:
It was also revealed that Clinton’s camp, specifically Labor Secretary Tom Perez, intentionally cast Sanders as the candidate of white people to turn minorities against him:
“Nevada is an opportunity to fight back on so many levels,” Perez argued. “First, the current storyline is that she does not connect well with young voters. Given that Nevada is far more demographically representative of America, I am confident that HRC can do well with all African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans (don’t forget the sizeable [sic] population of Asian Americans in Nevada, including Filipinos.).”
Perez continued, “Emmy and the team have a good plan to attract all minority voters. When we do well there, then the narrative changes from Bernie kicks ass among young voters to Bernie does well only among young white liberals—that is a different story and a perfect lead in to South Carolina, where once again, we can work to attract young voters of color. So I think Nevada is a real opportunity, and I would strongly urge HRC to get out there within a couple days of [New Hampshire].”
This orchestrated plot included lawmakers like Rep. John Lewis, who said he’d “never seen” Bernie Sanders during the Civil Rights Movement, and Rep. Charlie Rangel, who said he “doesn’t know any black person who knows Bernie Sanders.”