Stung by criticism that its “Better Deal” agenda ignores black voters, African American members of Congress strongly defended the party’s latest pitch to woo white working class voters.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., an architect of the mostly-economic relief plan the party unveiled earlier this week, said it will benefit all voters. He maintained that the overture to white voters won’t stop Democrats from trying to expand their African American and Latino base, historically among the party’s most loyal voting blocs.
“No one in the House Democratic Caucus is going to walk away from issues such as criminal justice reform, ending mass incarceration, cracking down on police brutality, dealing with voter suppression and correcting the long-standing injustices that have plagued many in the African American community since the dawn of this great country,” Jeffries told a small group of reporters Wednesday. (Charlotte Observer)