Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s decision to put her name on a new jobs program for youths affected by the water crisis in Flint is “not political,” according to her daughter Chelsea.
“For my mother and for me, this is not political,” Chelsea said at a news conference Sunday announcing the jobs initiative, surrounded by many black youths who ostensibly stand to benefit from the program in an election year when the black vote is absolutely crucial for Clinton. “It is deeply personal.”
One hundred youths affected by the lead poisoning in Flint’s water system will be paid to distribute water bottles and nutritional information to residents, reported the Detroit Free Press. Wealthy Democratic donors J.B. and M.K. Pritzker are kickstarting the Clinton’s initiative with a $500,000 donation.
“[We want] to see the children of Flint as our children,” Chelsea added at the news conference, before posing for a photo-op with a few dozen black youths. “And to see the youth in Flint, as the mayor says, as being a promising youth for Flint and really our country.”
Clinton’s dependence on black voters for success in 2016 campaign is no secret.
“Hillary Clinton is on a roll,” Yahoo News reported in a story about her success with black voters in recent primaries. “If her candidacy ever looked in doubt to an insurgent Bernie Sanders, she’s hurtling towards the Democratic nomination — thanks overwhelmingly to African Americans.”
“Black votes matter up North too, giving Clinton an edge over Sanders in Michigan and beyond,” reads a recent Los Angeles Times headline on a story that previewed Clinton’s debate in Flint.
“Black vote vital to Hillary Clinton in upcoming primaries,” reads a headline from The Independent.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver lauded Clinton for working with her on the initiative. “She heard our cries,” Weaver told the press. “She said she was going to do something to make this happen. It was her inspiration.”
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