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Tavis Smiley: ‘I Am Tired of Black Voters Being Taken For Granted By One Party’


Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” talk show host and liberal political commentator Tavis Smiley said he is tired of Democrats taking the African-American vote for granted.

Smiley said, “Well, I am tired of black voters being taken for granted by one party and ignored by the other party so it was a clarion call to Democrats to not do that this time around. We all know the conventional wisdom left the building before the train ever left the station. So anything could happen this time around. I just don’t want Democrats to take the black vote for granted.”
He added, “The Clintons have a long-term relationship with the African-American community there’s the sense that the black political establishment rallying around her suggests that there’s going to be just lockstep voter support for her candidacy and I think that with Barack Obama clearly not being on the ballot this time, you can’t count on the high percentage of turnout with African-American voters you saw in that election. That’s just common sense so you have to work harder for that African-American vote and I’m glad Bernie is pushing Hillary to be more progressive.”

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