Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is expected to win big today, Feb. 27, in the South Carolina Democratic primary. Her only rival, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, has been in and out of the state here and there but spent very little time campaigning in the state. The reason is the lack of support. In fact, the final vote tally this evening is expected to be embarrassing for the Vermont socialist. Hillary, on the other hand, may post the largest percentage of the vote than in any primary thus far. However, none of this will do anything to soften Hillary’s woes, which continue to mount even as the polls show her racking up big numbers over Sanders not only in South Carolina but nationwide.
One of the main reasons Hillary’s massive victory today is a foregone conclusion is her long history, along with husband Bill, of very close relationships with the state’s African-American population. While South Carolina does not have the highest percentage of Black residents in the south, it is definitely among those at the top of the list. Bill Clinton relied heavily on the African Americans in the state to help get him in the White House and to help push through his agenda in Congress. Although Newt Gingrich and the Republicans in the House were able to stop the Clinton machine and get approval for their popular Contract with America, Bill always had a ready made source of allies in the south among the African-American population. This affection and support has shifted to Hillary as she makes her bid for the White House.
However, this year the help Hillary is getting from the S.C. Black population is coming at a price. This week the controversial organization Black Lives Matter blitzed the state in a concerted effort to hold forums for Hillary in some of the most influential Black churches. One of these forums was held in a large church in Columbia, the state capital. While the main focus of the forum was to show support for Hillary and encourage others to do so, the group definitely showed its agenda. Police brutality, the deadly shooting at an African-American church in Charleston, and the need for strict gun control were topics of conversation. Hillary has also come to South Carolina to push for strict gun control. But the one thing that the Black Lives Matter group seemed to overlook was the fact that the shooting in Charleston at the Black church, which killed eight people, was not met with violence or extremist rhetoric. South Carolinians came together in one accord — black, white, and others — to mourn, to decry the fact that people like the shooter in this incident are allowed to roam the streets, and at the very least to try to find a way to prevent such people from getting their hands on guns.
Black Lives Matter, however, took a much more militant stance in the aftermath of other shootings around the country, particularly those that involved police officers. This group has been so extremist that a Democratic politician was booed into silence when he stated that all lives matter — Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Latinos, and all of the rest. But this group was not interested in the well being of the other groups, at least not at that particular meeting. This is why most South Carolinians consider the group extremist.
Interestingly, Black Lives Matter did not mount any major effort to bombard South Carolina after the Charleston church shooting. But they are here now to show support for Hillary Clinton. Will she disavow any association with this group, given their extremist statements against police in the recent past, such as “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon?” This chant, of course, was understood by many to be aimed at killing police officers. Another question that arises is will Hillary’s association with Black Lives Matter hurt her in the general election in November.
Bill Clinton certainly did nothing to help Hillary in a speech today in Bluffton, S.C. when he told a Vet, a Marine sergeant in the audience to sit down and shut up. The Vet wanted answers concerning Hillary’s role in the Benghazi debacle when Islamic extremists stormed the U.S. compound and slaughtered the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other American officials. The Vet also called attention to the fact that Hillary told the families of the victims that the government would get the man who dared show an Internet video that insulted Islam, as if this had anything to do with the murders. The film was not even a factor in the massacre but was allegedly a convenient scapegoat for the Obama Administration and Secretary of State Clinton in their attempt to cover up their massive and deadly failures in Libya.
But even that’s not all of the woes that keep mounting for Hillary. The State Dept. released another batch of Hillary’s emails late last night, emails ordered to be turned over by federal Judge Emmet Sullivan after State dragged its feet for six long years, refusing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch. The rest of the thousands of pages of emails found on Hillary’s private server are to be turned over Monday. Judicial Watch and the federal court discovered that Hillary had dozens of top secret, classified emails on her private server at home, a full four years since she left her post at the State Dept.