President Barack Obama finds himself in the cross-hairs of the politically correct police after he played the race card during a speech he gave for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Obama’s decision to roll out a new campaign strategy called “It’s about me” is receiving mixed reviews with some hailing the tactic as smart, while others say Obama is just appealing to the lowest common denominator amongst the political electorate.
During a dinner at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Obama stated, “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.” Obama went on to say that if black individuals chose not to vote for Clinton that he would consider their decision to be a “personal insult.”
However, Obama and Clinton are two entirely different politicians with different political bases. Obama was swept into office carrying more support among black voters than any Democratic candidate in history. Clinton enjoys large margins of support as well, but not all black voters trust her. Many point toward former President Bill Clinton’s crime bill from the 90s which continues to wreak havoc in black communities as a reason why they are hesitant to throw their support behind Hillary.
Clinton is currently winning the black vote by a stunning 87% over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. However Charlie King aptly pointed out, “People say, ‘It doesn’t matter because Hillary Clinton will get 90 percent of the African-American vote. The question is, ‘Ninety percent of what?’ Turnout makes a difference.”