In a town hall meeting this week in Charleston, South Carolina, the Democratic presidential candidate called birther challenges to Barack Obama racist. He said:
What you are seeing in this Supreme Court situation is nothing more than the continuous unprecedented obstructionism that President Obama has gone through. And this is on top of the birther issue which we heard from Donald Trump and others, a racist effort to try to delegitimize the President of the United States. Can you imagine that? To think, well he’s not really the president. He wasn’t born in the United States, which is nonsense. You know it’s a funny thing on that issue. … My dad, as I mentioned, came from Poland. I’m running for president. Guess what? Nobody has asked for my birth certificate. Maybe it’s the color of my skin. I don’t know.
VIDEO – Sanders accuses Trump of “racist effort to delegitimize the president of the United States.” https://t.co/eL0siHcVRi
— Zach Wolf (@zbyronwolf) February 24, 2016
Clearly Sanders was going for the Obot voting block in the South Carolina Democratic Primary this Saturday. Kidding aside, Bernie Sanders is not polling well against Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, and one issue that will help decide the race is “who is the better friend of Barack Obama?” Racism remains an issue in the state as we still mourn the shooting at a black church in Charleston by a man who wanted to trigger a race war. What to do with the Confederate Flag subsequently removed from above the State Capitol remains in the news. Just this past Tuesday I was working on a Habitat house across the street from a house that had a hybrid South Carolina State / Confederate Battle flag flying from its front porch. CNN recently highlighted the impact of the racial divide in the state:
Clinton’s lead rests heavily on the state’s black voters and women. Both groups made up a majority of voters in the 2008 primary there. Among black voters, she leads 65% to 28%, and among women, she leads 60% to 33%. White voters break in Sanders’ favor, 54% for the Vermont senator to 40% for the former secretary of state, while men are about evenly divided between the two, 49% Clinton to 45% Sanders.