Hillary Clinton Endorsement Exposes Divide Among Black Democrats

Lawmaker says Congressional Black Caucus backed Sanders with too little input.

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., one of two members of Congress to endorse Sanders, claimed today that leaders of the CBC's political action committee made the decision to back Clinton without the input of the larger Congressional Black Caucus.

A spokesman for the CBC declined to respond to Ellison's comments about the endorsement process and input, but said the decision to endorse Clinton was not made hastily, pointing to Clinton's support among the majority of caucus members.

“You judge a person by their results, and there’s no question that the person who has obtained the most results is Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., said.

The endorsement comes as Clinton's campaign looks to regain its footing after the former secretary of state's devastating loss to Sen. Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., dismissed Sanders’ civil rights record when asked about his work organizing for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Chicago.

“I never saw him, I never met him,” Lewis said.

Asked about the appeal of Sanders’ message to young voters, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., said they need to do their homework.

“You can't just listen to what someone is telling you, because most of the time when it's too good to be true, it's too good to be true,” Richmond said. “When you start saying free college and free health care, the only thing you're leaving out is free car and a free home.”

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