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Can Voters Of Color Trust Clinton?

- January 10, 2016

Hispanic And African American Voters Have Every Reason To Be Leery About Hillary Clinton

TOP TAKEAWAYS

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  • Today, all three major Democrat presidential candidates will appear at the Iowa Brown and Black presidential forum to address issues affecting African American and Hispanic voters.
  • Clinton has made a series of cringe-worthy social media ploys directed at Hispanic and African American voters that have been met with criticism and mockery.
  • On a series of issues related to immigration, from deportations to a border fence to taxpayer benefits, Hillary Clinton has flip-flopped.
  • The Clinton Administration's legacy on crime of stiffening penalties for many non-violent offenses runs counter to Hillary Clinton's calls for criminal justice reform and criticism of "mass incarceration."
  • Clinton continues to stand by friend Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel despite calls for his resignation over a cover up involving a 2014 police shooting.

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Today, All Three Major Democrat Presidential Candidates, Including Hillary Clinton, Will Attend The Iowa Brown And Black Presidential Forum Addressing Minority Issues. "Hillary Clinton is the first presidential candidate to confirm she will participate in the Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum, organizers said Thursday. The forum, which focuses on issues affecting African-Americans and Latinos, will be held this winter at Drake University. The Democratic session is scheduled for Jan. 11." (Tony Leys, "Hillary Clinton To Participate In Brown And Black Forum," The Des Moines Register, 9/24/15)

CLINTON'S OVERT SOCIAL MEDIA PANDERING TO MINORITIES HAS LED TO SHARP CRITICISM

Clinton Received Backlash Over An Avatar She Released Showing Rosa Parks Sitting On Her Campaign Logo

Critics Said Clinton's Logo Appeared To Have Rosa Parks Seated At The Back Of The Bus. "This is not the first time Clinton's Twitter logo has come under scrutiny. While she has changed her logo to acknowledge other holidays, like Christmas and Hanukkah, she also changed her logo to acknowledge Rosa Parks' historic Montgomery bus boycott, which some Twitter users felt portrayed Parks as sitting in the back of the bus." (Matthew Rodriguez, "Black Twitter Suggests #NewHillaryLogo Since Campaign Keeps Trying To Be Black-Friendly," Mic, 12/28/15)

The Logo Was Ill-Received Online Where Users Remarked At The Placement Of Parks On The Logo. "The event sparked the boycott of Montgomery buses by black Americans to protest segregated seating. But Clinton, the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, also marked the occasion with a special logo on her social media accounts. It did not go over well on Twitter, where users suggested that Parks is seemingly seated at the back of an H-shaped bus." (Juana Summers, "Hillary Clinton's Logo Accidentally Puts Rosa Parks In The Back Of A Bus," Mashable, 12/1/15)

BuzzFeed Headline: "Hillary Clinton Put Rosa Parks On Her Campaign Logo And People Aren't Feeling It." (David Mack, "Hillary Clinton Put Rosa Parks On Her Campaign Logo And People Aren't Feeling It," Buzzfeed, 12/1/15)

Clinton's Attempt To Relate Herself To Hispanic Grandmothers "AKA Abuelas" Received Instant Backlash And A Trending Hashtag: #NotMyAbuela

Hillary For America Social Media Post: "7 Things Hillary Clinton Has In Common With Your Abuela" (Paola Luisi, "7 Things Hillary Clinton Has In Common With Your Abuela," Hillary Clinton For America Website, 12/21/15)

The Clinton Campaign Released An Article To Connect With Latino Voters Relating Clinton To Their Grandmother. "After Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's campaign released a list aimed at impressing Hispanic voters - '7 ways Hillary Clinton is just like your abuela' - Twitter fought back, listing all the reasons she's #NotMyAbuela." (Jane Timm, "Clinton's 'Abuela' Pitch to Latinos Prompts Twitter Backlash," NBC News, 12/23/15)

Critics Saw It As "A Tone-Deaf Move To Pander To A Powerful But Marginalized Bloc Of Voters." "Her critics were not impressed. Soon, the hashtag #NotMyAbuela was circulating as a critique of what some saw as a tone-deaf move to pander to a powerful but marginalized bloc of voters. Her critics pointed out that Mrs. Clinton did not grow up poor like their relatives, and was not separated from loved ones by country borders. Others just made their points with the magic of memes." (Katie Rogers, "Hillary Clinton Is 'Not My Abuela,' Critics Say," The New York Times, 12/23/15)

The Hashtag #NotMyAbuela Began To Circulate The Internet Calling Out The Sufferings Clinton Did Not Have To Endure Like A Hispanic Woman. "Her critics were not impressed. Soon, the hashtag #NotMyAbuela was circulating as a critique of what some saw as a tone-deaf move to pander to a powerful but marginalized bloc of voters. Her critics pointed out that Mrs. Clinton did not grow up poor like their relatives, and was not separated from loved ones by country borders. Others just made their points with the magic of memes." (Katie Rogers, "Hillary Clinton Is 'Not My Abuela,' Critics Say," The New York Times, 12/23/15)

"'Not My Abuela': Twitter Explodes In Outrage Over Hillary Clinton's 'Hispandering,'" (Ben Norton, "'Not My Abuela': Twitter Explodes In Outrage Over Hillary Clinton's 'Hispandering,'"Salon, 12/23/15)

Hispanic Radio Host, Vanessa Oden: " Latinos aren't one size fits all. It takes more than a few Spanish words & cute pictures to get the Latino vote. #hillaryabuela #NotMyAbuela" (Vanessa Oden, Twitter Feed, 12/22/15)

CLINTON HAS EXHIBITED A PATTERN OF FLIP-FLOPPING ON ISSUES RELATED TO IMMIGRATION

Over Just Two Days In 2014, Clinton Flip-Flopped On How To Handle Tens Of Thousands Of Unaccompanied Alien Children Arriving In The U.S.

During An Interview With NPR, Clinton Claimed She Was Open To Changing A 2008 Law In Response To The Border Crisis, Saying "I Think It Should Be Looked At As Part Of An Overall Package." QUESTION: "Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, is out with an op-ed calling for comprehensive immigration reform as you do, but saying that the law his brother signed, which passed when you were in the Senate in 2008, ought to be changed to make it easier to send those other than the 'deserving few' back to their home countries in Central America. Should that law be changed?" CLINTON: "I think it should be looked at as part of an overall package. We have two categories of people that are represented by these poor children that have come across our border. We have migrants, children who are leaving for a variety of reasons - economic, they want to reunite with family members. And we have refugees, people who have reason to be threatened, people who have bad probabilities if they return home as to what might happen to them." (NPR's "On Point," 7/24/14)

  • Clinton: "Our Laws Right Now Are Not Particularly Well-Suited For Making The Kind Of Determinations That Are Required, And That We Should, As Americans, Want To See Happen." CLINTON: "So we do need more resources very quickly deployed, which is what the president and the Democrats have asked for. We need some flexibility within the laws. Our laws right now are not particularly well-suited for making the kind of determinations that are required, and that we should, as Americans, want to see happen." (NPR's "On Point," 7/24/14)

During An Interview With Jorge Ramos, Clinton Switched Her Position, Claiming She Doesn't "Agree That We Should Change The Law." RAMOS: "Should we change the 2008 law? For quick deportations--"CLINTON: "No, I don't agree that we should change the law. No, that's why I'm advocating an appropriate procedure, well-funded by the Congress, which they are resisting doing, so that we can make individual decisions." (Fusion's "America With Jorge Ramos," 7/25/14)

The Washington Post 's "Plum Line" Headline: "Hillary Sharpens Up Stance On Border Crisis." (Greg Sargent, "Morning Plum: Hillary Sharpens Up Stance On Border Crisis," The Washington Post , 7/28/14)

  • "Clinton Came Out Against Any Changes To The 2008 Trafficking Law." "Speaking to Fusion's Jorge Ramos, Clinton came out against any changes to the 2008 trafficking law, which Republicans are seeking to expedite deportations of arriving minors as a condition for supporting any aid to address the debacle." (Greg Sargent, "Morning Plum: Hillary Sharpens Up Stance On Border Crisis," The Washington Post , 7/28/14)
  • Clinton Clarified Her Position On The Border Crisis, "In A Manner That, Intentionally Or Not, Sharpened The Contrast With The Position Of Most Republicans." "In a smart move, Hillary Clinton firmed up her position on the crisis in an interview that aired over the weekend - in a manner that, intentionally or not, sharpened the contrast with the position of most Republicans." (Greg Sargent, "Morning Plum: Hillary Sharpens Up Stance On Border Crisis," The Washington Post , 7/28/14)

Clinton's "Muted" Response To Obama's Recent Immigrant Deportation Raids Has Led To Criticism Of Refusing To Take A Clear Stand

Earlier This Month, The Obama Administration Began Deportation Raids Of Illegal Immigrant Families Across The U.S. "The Obama administration confirmed Monday that it began a new wave of arrests of Central American immigrant families over the weekend, moving forward with deportations of mothers and children despite an outcry from immigrant rights groups and potential political fallout for Democrats." (Josh Gerstein and Seung Min Kim, "Obama Administration Kicks Off Family Deportation Raids," Politico, 1/4/16)

Clinton Took A More "Muted" Approach Than Her Democratic Opponents To The Obama Raids, Saying They Were Only "A Real Concern." "The disclosure of the planned raids drew immediate criticism from Democratic presidential candidates. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley strongly condemned the planned actions, while frontrunner Hillary Clinton issued a more muted statement through a spokeswoman, who said Clinton had 'real concerns' about the plans. Word of the planned raids also highlight a political predicament for Clinton, who endorsed quick return of illegal immigrant children in 2014 but is also trying to court Latino voters." (Josh Gerstein and Seung Min Kim, "Obama Administration Kicks Off Family Deportation Raids," Politico, 1/4/16)

"Clinton's Opponents Blasted The Statement As Another Example Of Clinton Trying To Third-Way Her Way Out Of Clear-Cut Moral Decision." (Glen Thrush, "Hillary's Border Crisis," Politico, 12/30/15)

O'Malley Was Quick To Denounce Clinton's Weak Statement, Calling It "Par For The Course" With Clinton On Immigration Issues. " 'I think it is par for the course with Secretary Clinton. On the immigration issue, she tends to blow in the wind,' O'Malley told POLITICO on Tuesday, when asked if Clinton should join him in denouncing the tentative DHS plan. 'I see it very much as an issue of principle and American values [but] she sees it as one more issue about which to triangulate.'" (Glen Thrush, "Hillary's Border Crisis," Politico, 12/30/15)

Immigration Activists Have Called For Clinton To Strongly Condemn The Raids. "Immigrants and activists marched to the White House on Wednesday to demand that President Barack Obama call off reported plans for deportation raids on Central American families -- and for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton to speak out more strongly against them." (Elise Foley, "Immigration Activists Say Deportation Raids Could Send Families To Their Deaths," The Huffington Post, 12/30/15)

  • The Protestors Want Clinton To Prove She Is An "Ally Of The Latino Community." "They said Clinton should speak out against the raids to show she is an ally of the Latino community." (Elise Foley, "Immigration Activists Say Deportation Raids Could Send Families To Their Deaths," The Huffington Post, 12/30/15)

Clinton Flip-Flopped On The Use Of The Term "Illegal Immigrant"

In November, Clinton Bragged About Voting "To Build A Barrier To Try To Prevent Illegal Immigrants From Coming In." "Well, I voted numerous times when I was a Senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in," Clinton told the audience. "And I do think you have to control your borders." (Sam Frizell, "Martin O'Malley Hits Hillary Clinton For Saying 'Illegal Immigrants," Time, 11/12/15)

Soon After, When Asked If She Would Forgo The Term "Illegal Immigrant" During A Facebook Q&A, Clinton Said "Yes." "'Yes, I will,' Mrs. Clinton responded while logged in to Facebook during a stop in Boulder, Colorado. 'That was a poor choice of words. As I've said throughout this campaign, the people at the heart of this issue are children, parents, families, Dreamers. They have names, and hopes and dreams that deserve to be respected.'" (S.A. Miller, "Hillary Clinton Apologizes For Saying 'Illegal Immigrants,'" The Washington Times, 11/24/15)

Clinton Flip-Flopped On Border Security, Claiming We Couldn't Afford A Wall After Bragging About Voting "Numerous Times" To Build One

Last Week, Clinton Told Nevada, Which Has A Large Hispanic Population, She Doesn't Think The U.S. Can Afford To Build A Wall On The Mexican Border. MADDELA: "Can we afford the build a wall on the southern order or ship everyone back." CLINTON: "Well I don't think so, I think it's particularly challenging for those who are advocating that to respond to the fact that we have spent many hundreds of billions of dollars tightening the border security on our southern border." (FOX5 Vegas, 1/6/16)

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But While In New Hampshire, Which Has A Smaller Hispanic Population, Clinton Boasted About The Number Of Times She Voted To "Build A Barrier To Try And Prevent Illegal Immigrants From Coming In." CLINTON: "Look, I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Town Hall In Windham High School, Windham, NH, 11/9/15)

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Clinton Flip-Flopped On Allowing Illegal Immigrants To Receive Healthcare Benefits

In A 1994 Capitol Hill Hearing, Clinton Said That Illegal Immigrants Should Not Receive The Same Benefits As American Citizens. CLINTON: "As to illegal aliens, we agree with you that the comprehensive health care benefits should not be extended to those who are un-documented workers and illegal aliens. We do not want to do anything to encourage more illegal immigration into this country. We know now that too many come for medical care, as it is. We certainly don't want them to have the same benefits that American citizens are entitled to have." (Committee On Energy And Commerce, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 9/28/93)

  • Clinton: "We Do Not Want To Do Anything To Encourage More Illegal Immigration Into This Country. We Know Now That Too Many People Come In For Medical Care, As It Is." CLINTON: "As to illegal aliens, we agree with you that the comprehensive health care benefits should not be extended to those who are un-documented workers and illegal aliens. We do not want to do anything to encourage more illegal immigration into this country. We know now that too many come for medical care, as it is. We certainly don't want them to have the same benefits that American citizens are entitled to have." (Committee On Energy And Commerce, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 9/28/93)

In 2015, Clinton Said Illegal Immigrants Should Be Able To Buy Into Obamacare. "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that undocumented immigrants should be able to buy into ObamaCare, after telling Congress a decade ago that the population should not receive any healthcare benefits." (Sarah Ferris, "Clinton Shifts Stance On Healthcare For Undocumented Immigrants," The Hill, 10/13/15)

  • Clinton: "I Want To Support States That Are Expanding Healthcare And Including Undocumented Children And Others." CLINTON: "Well, first of all, I want to make sure every child gets health care. That's why I helped to create the Children's Health Insurance Program, and I want to support states that are expanding health care and including undocumented children and others. I want to open up the opportunity for immigrants to be able to buy in to the exchanges under the Affordable Care Act." (Hillary Clinton, CNN 2016 Democratic Primary Presidential Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)

Clinton Shifted Her Position On Illegal Immigrants Obtaining Driver's Licenses

When Asked During A 2007 Debate About New York Governor Elliott Spitzer's Plan To Allow Illegal Immigrants To Have Driver's Licenses, Clinton Was Unclear About Her Position. "Last debate cycle, Mrs. Clinton offered a confusing answer of whether she supported states issuing licenses to illegal immigrants. In the Oct. 2007 debate she was asked whether or not she favored then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan to provide undocumented with state licenses. 'Do I think this is the right thing for any governor to do? No. But I certainly recognize why Gov. Spitzer is trying to do it,' Mrs. Clinton said during the debate." (Kelly Riddell, "Hillary Clinton Flip-Flops From 2008 Positions In Bid For Liberal Voters' Support," The Washington Times, 10/12/15)

  • Governor Spitzer Later Revealed In A 2015 Interview That Clinton Campaign Contacted Him Asked Him To Remove The Proposal. "But Clinton went further than opposing the plan, Spitzer revealed on 'The Axe Files,' a podcast hosted by David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama (who went on to defeat Clinton in 2008). In fact, the campaign asked Spitzer to drop the proposal altogether. Spitzer told Axelrod he yielded to that request, although heavy opposition from elsewhere also played a role. 'We heard from folks [on Clinton's campaign] who said they want this issue gone,' Spitzer said. 'I thought the issue was a metaphor for her vacillation.'" (Elise Foley, "Eliot Spitzer Says Hillary Clinton's 2008 Camp Urged Him Not To Give Driver's Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants," The Huffington Post , 10/29/15)

After Governor Spitzer Removed The Proposal, Clinton Explicitly Stated She Would Not Support Allowing Illegal Immigrants To Obtain Driver's Licenses. "After the debate - and after Mr. Spitzer withdrew the proposal because of its unpopularity - Mrs. Clinton made the following statement: 'As president, I will not support driver's licenses for undocumented people and will press for comprehensive immigration reform that deals with all of the issues around illegal immigration, including border security and fixing our broken system.'" (Kelly Riddell, "Hillary Clinton Flip-Flops From 2008 Positions In Bid For Liberal Voters' Support," The Washington Times, 10/12/15)

In April Of 2015, Clinton Said She Would Support Giving Driver's Licenses To Illegal Immigrants. "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday spoke out in favor of giving driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, taking a firm stance on an issue that hurt her during the 2008 election after she seemed intentionally vague on her position." (Jose DelReal, "This Time, Hillary Clinton Supports Giving Driver's Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants," The Washington Post , 4/16/15)

  • Hillary's Campaign Expressed That Her Support Of Illegal Immigrants Driver's Licenses Was Consistent With President Obama's Executive Actions. "'Hillary supports state policies to provide drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. This is consistent with her support for the president's executive action,' a Clinton campaign spokesperson told The Washington Post Thursday." (Jose DelReal, "This Time, Hillary Clinton Supports Giving Driver's Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants," The Washington Post , 4/16/15)

In An Interview With David Axelrod, Governor Spitzer Said Clinton's Flip-Flop Was A "Metaphor For Her Vacillation." AXELROD: "Why do you think, what is it, why did she react that way?" SPITZER: "It was a politically tough issue. It didn't poll well. But there was no ambiguity about what was right, and if you look about where we are now as a nation on this very issue, very few people, it's the law of the land I think in California, a bunch, a slew of states, and it is not controversial because people know it's right and it works. But at the time, it was controversial, and because it was controversial, she hemmed and she hawed. And again, this was, this is goes to the core of where are you on immigrants' rights. And the President, not then the President, Senator Obama , now the President, gave an unambiguous answer, 'yes.' Now, the Clinton folks, as no doubt you remember, thought the issue was the problem, I thought the issue was a metaphor for her vacillation." (David Alexrold, "The Axe Files," 10/29/15)

CLINTON SIDESTEPS HER HUSBANDS LEGACY OF STIFFENING CRIMINAL PENALTIES

Clinton Said "I'm Not Sure I Agree" When Asked By Black Lives Matter Protesters If The Tough-On-Crime Policies Of The 1990s Didn't Work Before Conceding That "A Lot Of What Was Tried" Failed. CLINTON: "Now, I'm not sure I agree with you. I'm not sure I disagree that any kind of government action often has consequences. And certainly, the War on Drugs, which was started back in the '80s, has had consequences. Increasing penalties for crime and 'three strikes and you're out,' and all of those kinds of actions have consequences… Now, I do think that a lot of what was tried and how it was implemented has not produced the kinds of outcomes that any of us would want." (Darren Sands, "#BlackLivesMatter Boston Releases First Videos Of Exchange With Clinton," Buzzfeed, 8/18/15)

Before Officially Declaring Her Candidacy, Clinton Began To Try And Create Distance From Her Own Legacy Building The Current Criminal Justice System. "'Each of us has to grapple with some hard truths about race and justice in America. Because despite all the progress we've made together, African-Americans, and most particularly, African-American men, are still more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charge with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms,' she said." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Hillary Clinton Takes On 'Hard Truths About Race And Justice,'" MSNBC, 12/4/14)

Not Only Did Her Husband Campaign On Being Tough On Crime, But Clinton Herself Actively Lobbied For Crime Laws That Saw A Massive Increase In The Number Of Prisoners

In 1994 Annual Women In Policing Event, Clinton Said Advocated For "More Prisons," Three-Strikes Sentencing, And "More Police." CLINTON: "We need more police, we need more and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders. The 'three-strikes-and-you're-out' for violent offenders has to be part of the plan. We need more prisons to keep violent offenders for as long as it takes to keep them off the streets." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Annual Women In Policing, New York, NY, 8/10/94)

  • Under President Clinton, The Federal And State Prison Population Increased More Than Under Any Other President In History, More Than The Previous Two Presidents Combined. "The federal and state prison populations rose more under former President Bill Clinton than under any other president, according to a report from a criminal justice institute to be released today. In fact, the analysis of U.S. Justice Department statistics by the left-leaning Justice Policy Institute, a project of a San Francisco-based justice center, found that more federal inmates were added to prisons under Clinton than under presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan combined." (Greg Krikorian, "Federal And State Prison Populations Soared Under Clinton, Report Finds," Los Angeles Times, 2/19/01)

Clinton Was A Prominent Supporter Of Her Husband's Omnibus Crime Bill, Calling It A "Well-Thought Out Crime Bill That Is Both Smart And Tough." "As first lady, Clinton helped push the omnibus crime bill in public, calling it a 'well-thought out crime bill that is both smart and tough' in a 1994 interview." (Jeremy Diamond, "Bill Clinton Concedes Role In Mass Incarceration," CNN, 5/7/15)

  • Now Her Husband Admits That His Signature Crime Deal Was A Mistake. "President Bill Clinton on Wednesday conceded that over-incarceration in the United States stems in part from policies passed under his administration. Clinton signed into law an omnibus crime bill in 1994 that included the federal 'three strikes' provision, mandating life sentences for criminals convicted of a violent felony after two or more prior convictions, including drug crimes. On Wednesday, Clinton acknowledged that policy's role in over-incarceration in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour." (Jeremy Diamond, "Bill Clinton Concedes Role In Mass Incarceration," CNN, 5/7/15)

CLINTON CONTINUES TO STAND BY EMBATTLED MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL DESPITE CALLS FOR HIS RESIGNATION BY BLACK LEADERS AND GROUPS

In 2015, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel May Have Been Involved In The Cover Up Of A Video Showing A Chicago Police Officer Fatally Shooting A Black Teenager

In November 2015, A Video Was Released Showing The Fatal Shooting Of A Black Teenager By A Local Police Officer In Chicago. " Chicago officials on Tuesday released 'graphic' and 'chilling' video showing an officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. The footage has been described as something that 'will tear at the hearts of all Chicagoans.'" ("Dash-Cam Video Released Showing Laquan McDonald's Fatal Shooting," NBC Chicago, 11/24/15)

The Incident Took Place Four Months Before The Mayor's Reelection Campaign, Leading To Speculation Of A Cover-Up Of The Video By The Mayor's Office. "And all this scrambling by officials -- the inaccurate police account, the speedy payment of money to the victim's family -- had a suspiciously political timing to it. McDonald's killing occurred four months before Emanuel faced a tough re-election in February: As it turned out, Emanuel failed to win a majority and only squeaked by after a runoff election, the first in Chicago history." (Errol Louis, "Chicago Politics: How Justice Was Delayed For Laquan McDonald," CNN, 12/2/15)

  • Emails Obtained Through A Freedom Of Information Request Show The Mayor's Senior Staff Discussing The Video Well Before The Mayor Said He Had Been Made Aware Of It. "Senior members of Rahm Emanuel's administration received and sent emails about the video of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald long before the mayor said he was fully briefed, emails obtained by NBC5 News show." (Carol Marin and Don Moseley, "City Hall Emails Show Trail To Top Emanuel Aides," NBC Chicago, 12/14/15)
  • Later Released Emails Showed That Chicago City Attorneys Offered A Settlement To The Murdered Teen's Family In Order To Keep The Video Secret. "The cache of emails includes an exchange between a city of Chicago attorney and an attorney for McDonald's family, in which the family's lawyer criticized as 'entirely unreasonable' a proposal in a settlement offer by the city that the video remain hidden for years, according to the Daily Beast, which reviewed the released e-mails. The city would go on to pay the McDonald family $5 million to keep the video confidential." (Josh Sanburn, "Emails Reveal Scramble By Chicago Officials Over Laquan McDonald Video," Time, 1/7/16)

The Mayor's Disapproval Rating Rose To 67% And Voters Began To Call For His Resignation. "A survey of 739 likely Chicago voters commissioned by the online Illinois Observer found Rahm Emanuel's job approval at only 18 percent, with a disapproval rating of 67 percent. Slightly more than half those polled thought the mayor should resign, and nearly 64 percent said they thought Emanuel lied when he said he did not see the Laquan McDonald video during settlement negotiations last spring." (Charles Thomas, "Poll: Rahm Emanuel's Approval Rating Sinks To 18 Percent," ABC7 Chicago, 12/8/15)

But Clinton Continues To Stand By Her Long-Time Friend And Ally, Emanuel

Clinton "Voiced Her Support For The Mayor." "As activists across Chicago call for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's resignation, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton voiced her support for the mayor, who has known the Clintons for years." (Colleen Connolly, "Hillary Clinton Voices Confidence In Mayor Emanuel Amid Calls For His Resignation," NBC Chicago, 12/7/15)

  • Clinton And Emanuel Have Known Each Other For Years. "As activists across Chicago call for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's resignation, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton voiced her support for the mayor, who has known the Clintons for years." (Colleen Connolly, "Hillary Clinton Voices Confidence In Mayor Emanuel Amid Calls For His Resignation," NBC Chicago, 12/7/15)

Clinton Said She Was Confident That Emanuel Would Remedy The Issues Raised By The Incident. "'He loves Chicago, and I'm confident that he's going to do everything he can to get to the bottom of these issues and take whatever measures are necessary to remedy them,' Clinton said, according to McCormick." (Colleen Connolly, "Hillary Clinton Voices Confidence In Mayor Emanuel Amid Calls For His Resignation," NBC Chicago, 12/7/15)

Clinton Called For An Investigation Into The Chicago Police Department's Actions Surrounding The Event, But Unlike Her Opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, She Did Not Call For An Investigation Into Emanuel. "Last week, Clinton called for a federal investigation into the Chicago Police Department's tactics, adding her voice to the growing crowd of those who wanted the Department of Justice involved. Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon told The Chicago Tribune Wednesday that Clinton is 'deeply troubled' by the shooting of McDonald and the 'outstanding questions' raised by it. Unlike rival Bernie Sanders' statement calling for the Justice Department investigation, which was released the next day, Clinton did not reference Emanuel or any other top Chicago officials in her statement. In his statement, Sanders asked that any 'officials' involved in a possible cover-up of the McDonald case resign." (Colleen Connolly, "Hillary Clinton Voices Confidence In Mayor Emanuel Amid Calls For His Resignation," NBC Chicago, 12/7/15)

Protests And Riots Have Broken Out In The Streets Of Chicago With African American Leaders And Organizations Demanding The Mayor's Resignation

Protestors Blocked Streets In Downtown Chicago Calling For The Mayor To Resign. "As controversy swirls over high-profile police killings in the city, hundreds of protesters blocked streets in downtown Chicago and tried to storm two business buildings on Wednesday afternoon as part of a citywide walkout to demand that Mayor Rahm Emanuel resign." (Charles Arbogast, "Protesters Block Downtown Chicago Streets And Call On Mayor Rahm Emanuel To Resign," Newsweek, 12/9/15)

  • Protestors Chanted "16 Shots And A Cover-Up!" And "All I Want For Xmas Is For Rahm To Resign." "Demonstrators chanted '16 shots and a cover-up!' and 'Rahm, resign!' as they marched through the city's financial district on Wednesday. One protester held a sign that said, 'All I want for Xmas is for Rahm to resign.' Another said, 'Fire Rahm!' They are also seeking the resignation of Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez." (Charles Arbogast, "Protesters Block Downtown Chicago Streets And Call On Mayor Rahm Emanuel To Resign," Newsweek, 12/9/15)

Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton: Mayor Emanuel Should Resign. "Civil rights activist Al Sharpton wants Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down amid mounting criticism over the delay in releasing video evidence of a high-profile shooting and the continuing controversy surrounding police-involved shootings in Chicago. 'He's gone beyond the point where he can govern with the trust of the people,' Sharpton said Monday on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.' Sharpton, a minister and MSNBC host, runs the civil rights group National Action Network." (Ben Kamisar, "Sharpton: Emanuel Should Resign As Chicago Mayor," The Hill's The Briefing Room, 12/28/15)

  • Sharpton Said Emanuel Cannot Be Trusted To Govern . "Civil rights activist Al Sharpton wants Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down amid mounting criticism over the delay in releasing video evidence of a high-profile shooting and the continuing controversy surrounding police-involved shootings in Chicago. 'He's gone beyond the point where he can govern with the trust of the people,' Sharpton said Monday on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.' Sharpton, a minister and MSNBC host, runs the civil rights group National Action Network." (Ben Kamisar, "Sharpton: Emanuel Should Resign As Chicago Mayor," The Hill's The Briefing Room, 12/28/15)

Black Lives Matter Chicago Group Says Demands For Emanuel's Resignation Are Justified. "The cries of outrage over the shooting death of Laquan McDonald have turned into justified demands for the State's Attorney Alvarez and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign. The Department of Justice has announced an investigation into the Chicago Police Department. The Mayor and the State's Attorney can fire all the top cops they want however the problem with the CPD remains systemic and the solutions for our communities must be structural." ( Black Lives Matters Chicago Website, Accessed 1/7/16)

Several African-American Organizations Gathered Together To Collect Signatures Calling For The Mayor's Resignation . "A broad coalition of national and local organizations, including ColorOfChange, MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, CREDO, and the Chicago Black Roots Alliance will deliver over 250,000 petition signatures to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez demanding their immediate resignations for failing to hold the Chicago Police Department accountable for the killing of Laquan McDonald." (Coalition Gathers 250,000 Signatures Calling For Resignation Of Emanuel, Alvarez, FOX32 Chicago, 12/18/15)


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