During February of 2016, Clinton campaign staff and Democrat strategists discussed the opportunities and advantages that could come from exploiting tragedies like the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, according to the latest WikiLeaks email dump from the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
At the time, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ challenge to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democrat presidential nomination was running on full steam, and one of the major issues the Clinton campaign had was her likeability, especially with young voters.
One of Clinton’s plans to pull in the young vote was to work with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver to create a program in which teens and young adults provided water and basic nutrition to those in need during the crisis, according to MLive.
At the time, it was a slam dunk — and also at the time, many people believed that Clinton was doing it from the goodness of her heart, not political expediency.
Democrat strategist Gina Glantz was thrilled with Clinton’s actions.
“Getting ahead of him around ‘caring’ can be repeated,” she wrote. “I am thinking — though may be unrealistic given the shortness of time — that there must be any number of low income communities with high rates of asthma or other stuff in South Carolina sitting next to fossil fuel plants belching out toxic material or at least unhealthy fumes.”
In other words, there may not be enough time to help communities in need to help us, but if there is, let’s help them and publicize it well.
“Not on the scale of Flint,” she continued, “but for sure to be found all across the country. And there is a federal policy to tie to it as well as action steps including big story in CA about use of cap and trade $$ put into a healthy air fund (AB 535).”
Primary victory was at hand — as long as they could find hurting communities ripe for exploitation.
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