Following last week’s Super Tuesday drubbing, Bernie Sanders faces a must-win situation in Michigan or the end of his campaign will be inevitable.
The former front-runner got a boost over the weekend when he snagged the coveted endorsement of the Reverend Jesse Jackson who delivered his Rainbow Coalition to the socialist.
Jackson who has long been viewed as a kingmaker in Democrat politics threw his clout behind Sanders on Sunday by calling him the man best suited to deal with the needs of the black community.
According to a statement from Rev. Jackson:
“A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path. The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path. That’s why I choose to endorse him today.”
Whether it will matter in what has suddenly become a life or death week for the Sanders campaign remains to be seen – especially now that Joe Biden has locked down the critical black vote.
Via Politico, “Jesse Jackson backing Sanders”:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson officially endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday and joined the 2020 presidential candidate at his rally in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Concerns have grown about the senator’s ability to connect with black voters, especially as Democrats have begun treating the primary as a two-man race, as well as a progressive-versus-moderate showdown. The Sanders campaign might score the biggest Super Tuesday prize in California, but he lost 10 of the 14 states — including the Southern states — to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Later on today we’re going to have the support, I believe here in Grand Rapids, of Jesse Jackson,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning. “Jesse has been one of the great civil rights leaders in the modern history of this country. He changed American politics.”
Sanders made a similar announcement on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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