Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is busy attempting to lock down support from her party’s traditional base. So as not to be outdone by fellow candidate Vermont Sen.Bernie, who met with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson more than a week ago, Clinton tweeted to McKesson on Tuesday an invitation to meet with her.
@deray: Let's meet; we want to hear from anyone ready to address this urgent problem and work toward solutions. Our team will follow up.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 22, 2015
McKesson initially tweeted to Clinton on Monday:
.@HillaryClinton, we look forward to the details of your criminal justice platform. Will you be available to meet before its release?
— deray mckesson (@deray) September 21, 2015
Clinton is dominating Sanders when it comes to support from the black community, and only six Congressional Black Caucus members showed up to meet with Sanders when he invited the whole caucus to talk with him recently. (RELATED: The Clinton Email Scandal May Have Been Blown Wide Open)
Sanders admitted Clinton’s advantage with black voters during an interview with The Des Moines Register earlier in the month. However, the Vermont senator is attempting to bring more black voter support to his side with his platform on criminal justice reform.
Clinton, Sanders, as well as former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley were all interrupted by Black Lives Matter hecklers during their respective speeches at different events this summer.
The Black Lives Matter movement emerged from the Ferguson, Missouri controversy involving a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in the summer of 2014. The officer was later cleared of wrong doing by a grand jury.