Respected civil rights activist and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) had some challenging words to say about Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’ civil rights record today after the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Hillary Clinton.
On Thursday, Lewis said he had never seen Sanders during his time fighting for racial justice. Lewis, who was one of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and has continued the fight for racial justice ever since, addressed the endorsement of Sanders’ rival.
On Sanders, Lewis said,“I never saw him, I never met him. I was a chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years from 1963 to 1966.”
“I was involved in the sit-ins, the Freedom Ride, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery, and directed the Voter Education Project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton,” he continued.
“I met President Clinton,” he said, referring to the democratic candidate’s husband.
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The Iowa caucuses resulted an extremely close race which had to be concluded with a coin toss, which gave Clinton the victory. In New Hampshire, a completely different outcome occurred.
Sanders won in a landslide, garnering the vote of all age groups younger than 45 and the two candidates polled evenly among voters aged 45 to 64.
Sanders won in every demographic group except for two.
Hillary Clinton won the support of voters 65 and older and even though the former Secretary of State lost in nearly every income group, she did carry voters in families earning over $200,000 per year.
Sanders and Clinton will face-off on the debate stage in Milwaukee tonight for their first matchup since Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary where Sanders beat Clinton by a wide margin.
In addition, the next vote will take place in South Carolina, smack in the middle of the Bible belt. That will be the real test.