Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Some places have battles between good and evil. Others have battles between competing evils.
In Washington D.C., there are tough fights between government bureaucrats over who gets to leak to the media first, in San Francisco, there are fierce defecating competitions between diseased vagrants, and in South Carolina, the battle of the racists was fought and won. And, spoiler alert, the racists won.
Joe Biden was able to emerge victorious because of an endorsement by Rep. Jim Clyburn. The third-ranking Democrat in the House, had declared, “I’m trying to create a surge on behalf of Joe Biden.”
The exit polls showed that Clyburn had delivered. 61% of Democrats said that Clyburn’s endorsement was a factor in their vote. And for a quarter of Democrat voters, it was the biggest factor in their vote.
The devil didn’t go down to Georgia. He was from South Carolina. And now Joe’s gotta pay the price.
“My buddy Jim Clyburn, you brought me back!” Biden declared in his victory speech. But Clyburn isn’t Biden’s buddy. He’s already calling for a major retooling of the Biden campaign in which “many of us around the country will be able to join with him and help him get it right.” You can bet that some of the “us” will be Clyburn’s allies. There’s a reason Clyburn is a kingmaker in South Carolina. And it’s not the force of his ideas, or his stumbling speeches. He commands loyalty because he delivers for his pals.
Just go on a tour of Clyburn scandals like the Village at River’s Edge and the James E. Clyburn Transportation Center. That one only cost $107 million, went $30 million over budget, and took over a decade. The Center is a garage, it holds Clyburn’s papers, and it was going to solve all our transportation problems. Instead it solved the problem of transporting money and burying it in the Clyburn Center.
But that’s just the usual slime. There’s another problem with Joe turning over his campaign to James.
Biden addressed AIPAC by video and vowed, “I will always call out anti-Semitism whether it comes from the left, right to center.”
That would be kind of awkward.
Clyburn led the fight to protect Rep. Ilhan Omar against being sanctioned for anti-Semitism. He dismissed Jewish complaints by retorting, “There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her.”
So, Joe won’t be calling out Omar. Or his buddy, James.
Clyburn had taken part in a Farrakhan town hall in 2011. He appeared despite protests by Jewish groups, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rabbi Cooper of the Center had politely urged, “Rev. Farrakhan does not deserve the respectability of having Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina sit alongside him.”
But Clyburn proved that he had the same degree of respectability as Farrakhan, who had praised Hitler. Clyburn told The Final Call, the Nation of Islam’s paper, that he was, “not bothered in the least bit”
“I want to thank Minister Farrakhan for offering up a number of precepts that we ought to adhere to,” he declared.
Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam’s precepts include the belief that white people were created by an evil Jewish mad scientist, and that UFOs will come down to earth to destroy all the white people.
This is how Biden won in South Carolina.
Bernie couldn’t get Clyburn in his corner, he had to settle for the second best crooked racist. While Clyburn was appearing with Biden, Al Sharpton was defending Bernie’s socialism.
“Do not go by those who use the socialist tag to try to separate us from what we need to do for this country,” the racist leader insisted at his National Action Network event.
A National Action Network leader had previously praised the racist arsonist who had burned down a Jewish store in Harlem, killing 7 people, 5 of them Latino women. More recently, a NAN chapter leader had defended anti-Semitic rhetoric excusing the mass shooting at a Kosher supermarket by members of the Black Hebrew Israelite racist hate group. But that sort of thing obviously doesn’t bother Bernie.
There are already more Jewhaters than Jews supporting his hateful campaign to destroy America. What’s the big deal of having the guy at the center of the Crown Heights Pogrom touting Bernie?
Al already lives under socialism.
Sharpton got a $1 million payday from the National Action Network. He also sold the NAN the rights to life story for a modest half a million dollars. Around that time, he owed almost $700,000 in back taxes. Previously, he had managed to dodge debts by assigning ownership of his suits to one of his companies.
Sanders is an amateur socialist grifter. Sharpton, like Bernie’s wife, is a pro.
On his MSNBC show, which Sharpton allegedly received for services rendered to Comcast, he gushed over the socialist. “Bernie Sanders is the one candidate on the stage more than anyone else that people are supporting him,” the illiterate racist scoundrel declared in a clip posted by the Sanders campaign. “Bernie has ran a transformative campaign.”
Resist we much.
But courting the corrupt racist has always been a big priority for Commissar Sanders. After winning in New Hampshire, Bernie had headed to a meeting with Sharpton for a socialist racist tête-à-tête.
Sharpton has a whole lot less sway with voters in South Carolina than he does with the arsonists of Harlem and the stabbers of Crown Heights. Biden gobbled up 64% of the black vote while Sanders had to settle for 15%. To add insult to injury, Tom Steyer, who just dropped out, got 13%.
In the battle of the crooked racists, Clyburn trounced Sharpton in South Carolina.
But Clyburn’s pull drops a whole lot outside South Carolina, while Super Tuesday marches on to, among other places, New York. That’s where Al got his start with his track suits, racism, and pogroms.
And while Clyburn is at least an honest politician, Sharpton is up for sale to the highest bidder.
In 2016, he was flirting with Bernie, with Hillary, and… with Bloomberg.
“Bloomberg is one of the few people who could pull off a credible independent candidacy for president,” Sharpton had declared after a meeting with a Bloomberg aide.
The true significance of the South Carolina struggle, beyond sending Buttigieg off to the wine cave, is that the race’s two winners competed for the black vote, not by credibly promising to make things better for black people, but by appealing to the same old corrupt power brokers who keep things bad.
Biden is promising black voters eight more years of Obama, complete with unemployment and poverty, while Bernie is offering to wreck the entire country’s economy by chopping down the money tree, setting it on fire, and dancing on the ashes. Contrast that with President Trump’s booming economy and record low levels of black unemployment. That’s going to be the choice for black voters in 2020.
Not just between Biden or Bernie, but between plantation politics and prosperity.
Clyburn and Sharpton have figured out prosperity for themselves. Stop by the International African-American Museum, which Clyburn earmarked $784,000 for, the lead architect was his nephew, or the Drew Wellness Center, with a $229,000 earmark, whose marketing and membership director was his daughter. And ask the Reverend Al where he gets his suits and who pays for them.
Meanwhile their communities remain broken and poor, divided by hatred incited by Clyburn and Sharpton, who seek to direct blame and guilt away from the perpetrators of plantation politics.
Biden and Bernie won in South Carolina. But black voters once again lost in South Carolina.