In the past, whenever Al Sharpton made an appearance anywhere, it was usually to race bait, stir up social strife, cause a ruckus, and then disappear with as much money as he could con out of his latest mark.
Lately, however, Sharpton’s remarks have been a little less inflammatory and a little more insightful. If one didn’t know better, one might think Al Sharpton was running for public office himself, because he sounds somewhat more intelligent than the old Al Sharpton we’ve all come to despise.
In a podcast on BuzzFeed, Sharpton displayed his analytical prowess by explaining the reason for Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. According to Sharpton, she took her base for granted.
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Sharpton explained in a recent podcast with BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith that Clinton lost to Trump because she took her political base for “granted” and didn’t work for the votes of grassroots progressives who awarded Barack Obama two successful presidential contests.
Clinton lost by very narrow margins in several key states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — that paved Trump’s path to victory.
But according to Sharpton, if Clinton would have worked to earn the vote and “mobilize” the black communities and other minority groups in those states, then she would likely be president today — not Trump.
“Her mistake was she did not mobilize in the black community,” Sharpton told Smith.
Sharpton explained that during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year, he invited Clinton to a gathering of black leaders, but she declined to attend — a decision that Sharpton said led to her November loss.
“We had one of the biggest gatherings of black ministers and all at the convention in Philadelphia. Right? They’re all there, Marc Morial is there from the Urban League, the head of the NAACP is there,” the civil rights activist said.
“How do you not have Mrs. Clinton come by?” he asked. “These are the people that get your vote out — that’s your base. You lost Michigan by what, 15, 20,000 votes? You could have got that if you mobilized two housing projects or three churches.”
But, Clinton “never touched them,” Sharpton said.
The MSNBC host went on to explain the two strategies that Clinton’s campaign could have employed in 2016: either reach out to Appalachia, “blue-collar workers” and stop identity politics or embrace the new Democratic Party that had twice elected Obama.
“You took your base for granted,” Sharpton said, adding that Clinton never “identified” with those in identity politics, which is why she had the “lowest turnout” among the black community in decades.
“She would call me. She came to my convention. But they never engaged us in the campaign,” Sharpton explained. “How do you decide that those who were part of what helped President Obama. All of the sudden you’re gonna flip the script and bring back your friends from the ’90s whose Rolodex is outdated.”
That, according to Sharpton, was Clinton’s fatal error, in that her campaign assumed that just because she was a Democrat she would win the black community by the same margin that Obama had in 2008 and 2012.
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