Clinton: Only White People are “Hard Working Americans”

By Jonathan Adams May 08, 2008

Despite the many hard working people of color who have supported Hillary Clinton since the beginning of her campaign, she appears to forget them (or at least call them worthless in her run for the presidency) in a recent USA Today interview.

As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article "that found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."

We aren’t endorsing Barack Obama but rather any candidate that works to close the gaps of the racial divide by appealing to all Americans. It seems that isolating her success among working class white people to prove her electability may not be a good move, to say the least. To further ensure us that her comments were not meant to be divisive Clinton adds, "These are the people you have to win if you’re a Democrat in sufficient numbers to actually win the election," she said. "Everybody knows that." Jerome Armstrong says on in Clinton’s defense,

Now, when Barack Obama made his claim about the "typical white person", it didn’t mean anything, he was just talking generalities; and the same thing with Clinton here, but even less so [but a ‘gaffe’ in the same manner]. Clinton clarifies that she’s talking about working Americans that Obama is not doing well with, which are typically white, and she’s "ugly and divisive"? This is a lame stretch. In fact, had she had not clarified it to say "white Americans" it wouldn’t have been a true claim, because Obama is doing very well among black working Americans.