Election 2020

AFL-CIO Won't Endorse Hillary in Primary

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Via The Hill:

The AFL-CIO will not endorse Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, according to a report from The Huffington Post.

Many of the nation’s top unions have thrown their weight behind Clinton, but AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told members the federation is staying out of it.

The AFL-CIO is likely to endorse a Democratic presidential candidate in the general election, he said, but doesn’t want to pick sides yet.

“Following recent discussion at the AFL-CIO’s Executive Committee meeting and subsequent conversations with many of you, I have concluded that there is broad consensus for the AFL-CIO to remain neutral in the presidential primaries for the time being and refrain from endorsing any candidate at this moment,” Trumka wrote to members in an email obtained by The Huffington Post.

This can’t be stressed enough: this endorsement, like the young Democrat female vote, should have been an automatic for her this time around. The Democrats had taken the Republican script for this cycle and were going to reward a candidate who once failed in the primary and had patiently waited until the appointed time for an anointing. The superdelegates jumped in early and in far greater numbers than in 2008 and everything after that was supposed to be a pro forma waltz to the nomination.

There is much talk about this being eerily similar to the 2008 primary, but that’s only true if you’re looking at it from Hillary’s perspective. There is no way the higher-ups in the Democratic Party have the same level of comfort about Bernie Sanders running in the general election as they did with Barack Obama. So Hillary only really failed herself back then.

This time she’s probably going to sink her party too.