This is what desperation looks like.
President Obama took the stage Saturday night to speak to the Congressional Black Caucus and beseeched the black community to vote for Hillary Clinton in November.
“We have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community. I will consider it a personal insult and an insult to my legacy if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election,” he told the crowd. “You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote.”
Clinton holds a sizeable lead over Trump with black voters at 80 percent, according to a recent Washington post report, but it pales in comparison to Obama’s 93 percent support against Mitt Romney in 2012.
And the support of 80 percent won’t do Clinton any good if those voters aren’t energized to go vote for her.
“If you care about our legacy, realize everything we stand for is at stake. All the progress we’ve made is at stake in this election.
“My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot. Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Good schools are on the ballot. Ending mass incarceration, that’s on the ballot right now,” Obama continued. “And there is one candidate who will advance those things, and there is another candidate whose defining principle, the central theme of his candidacy is opposition to all that we’ve done. There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter, it all matters.”
Clinton herself gave a doom and gloom warning of what would happen under a Trump presidency while promising to continue Obama’s legacy.
“We need ideas not insults, real plans to help struggling Americans in communities that have been left out and left behind, not prejudice and paranoia,” Clinton said. “We can’t let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into the hands of someone who doesn’t understand that, whose dangerous and divisive vision for our country will drag us backwards.”
The Republican National Committee seized on Clinton presenting herself, essentially, as Obama’s third term.
“Hillary Clinton only represents more of the same stale Democrat policies which have failed black Americans for decades. Over the past eight years, black youth unemployment is up and paychecks are flat, but Hillary Clinton is merely rehashing an agenda that has moved America further away from prosperity for all,” it said in a statement. “Donald Trump is putting forth new ideas that will generate millions of good jobs, deliver school choice, and put the American people first once again. Our Party is committed to fighting for the black vote and giving every American an opportunity to achieve their dreams.”