July 28, 2016

Flashback: Clyburn And The Clintons Have A Contentious History

During the 2008 Democratic primary, Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC) repeatedly criticized Bill Clinton’s racially charged rhetoric, saying that Clinton was playing the “race card.” For Clyburn, the Clintons’ actions had created an “irreparable breach” between the former President and African-Americans:

“In an interview with The New York Times late Thursday, Mr. Clyburn said Mr. Clinton’s conduct in this campaign had caused what might be an irreparable breach between Mr. Clinton and an African-American constituency that once revered him. ‘When he was going through his impeachment problems, it was the black community that bellied up to the bar,’ Mr. Clyburn said. ‘I think black folks feel strongly that that this is a strange way for President Clinton to show his appreciation.’”

Clyburn also faulted the Clintons for their willingness to sink however low it took to “damage Obama”:

“Mr. Clyburn added that there appeared to be an almost ‘unanimous’ view among African-Americans that Mr. and Mrs. Clinton were ‘committed to doing everything they possibly can to damage Obama to a point that he could never win.’”

Shockingly, in a 2 a.m. phone call, former President Clinton even threatened Clyburn, even calling the South Carolina congressman a “bastard.”