Arguing that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton “embodies establishment politics,” the lawyer for the family of Walter Scott – an unarmed Black man who was fatally shot by police in South Carolina – has switched his support to Bernie Sanders, according to The New York Times.
The move by the attorney and State Representative Justin T. Bamberg of South Carolina comes as Clinton and Sanders battle it out in polls of early states.
One week before the all-important Iowa Caucuses, Sanders has taken a one-point lead over Clinton, putting him in a position to win there and in New Hampshire, where he is ahead of Clinton by a wide margin, according to CBS News.
Both candidates are locked in a heated contest to win Black voters, who helped propel President Barack Obama into office in both elections. Bamberg’s official endorsement could help Sanders gain a slight edge as he tries to win more support from Black voters in early elections in southern states, including in South Carolina, where Clinton dominates. The southern primaries follow Iowa and New Hampshire.
From The Times:
“Hillary Clinton is more a representation of the status quo when I think about politics or about what it means to be a Democrat,” said Mr. Bamberg, who initially endorsed Mrs. Clinton in December. “Bernie Sanders on the other hand is bold. He doesn’t think like everyone else. He is not afraid to call things as they are.”
In April in North Charleston, a police officer, Michael T. Slager, fatally shot Mr. Scott, 50, as he ran from the officer. Video of the shooting went viral and a grand jury in June indicted Mr. Slager on a murder charge.
Mr. Bamberg represents Mr. Scott’s four children, two brothers, as well as his mother and father. The lawmaker said the family has not endorsed a presidential candidate, but Mr. Bamberg said he has spoken with several other South Carolina lawmakers about possibly supporting Mr. Sanders.
Symone Sanders, a spokeswoman for Sanders’ campaign, told The Times they hope to “enlist the help of Mr. Bamberg to make their case to voters to coalesce around the Vermont senator.”
Clinton’s campaign did not immediately respond to Bamberg’s announcement, notes The Times. But she has garnered important endorsements from Black supporters throughout the campaign, including the families of other slain unarmed Black men, such as Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr.
Most recently, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker threw his support behind Clinton.
From The Washington Post:
As [Booker] spoke, it became clear that his remarks were less an introduction and more a homily, with more than a little biography thrown in. He was at times quiet and reflective, and at other times bellowing at the top of his lungs, leaving the crowd cheering, applauding and shouting in agreement.
“I don’t know about you, but I think we just heard a great sermon,” Clinton said when some 15 minutes had passed and she was handed the microphone.
His appearance in Iowa eight days before the caucuses made him one of a handful of political and progressive figures brought out on the campaign trail to ratchet up the enthusiasm that Clinton’s campaign hopes will help drive her supporters to the polls.
Clinton and Sanders, along with Martin O’Malley, are scheduled to square off Monday night in Charleston, South Carolina at a Democratic town hall debate hosted by the Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University. The event will air on CNN from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will be moderated by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.
21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 8 of 10
9. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 9 of 10
10. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 10 of 10
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