I see Bernie’s new outreach to African-American and mainstream Democrats is off to a great start. pic.twitter.com/D6ibxoB8Jq
— Dan SIoan 🇺🇸🇨🇦🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@dantoujours) March 8, 2020
Oh yeah, that’s not good.
Courtesy of Newsweek:
Bernie Sanders‘ newest adviser for his presidential campaign is redefining the answer to the question, “tough day at work?” Barely two days on the job and Phillip Agnew, a renowned pro-Black organizer and activist, was already having to explain himself over a series of tweets from years ago during President Barack Obama‘s two terms in the White House.
Agnew’s past tweets put him in the company of people like failed actress Amanda Bynes, who in 2013 found herself in similarly hot water over tweets calling both Barack and Michelle Obama “ugly.”
The fact that these tweets were resurfaced during Women’s History Month might not be the best look for a candidate who was recently accused by his fellow senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren of being a sexist.
Those comments stood in stark contrast to the glowing words Sanders had in the press release, where he called Agnew “a gifted organizer and one of his generation’s most critical voices on issues of race and inequity. He has and will continue to push me and this movement to deliver on what is owed to Black people who have yet to experience reciprocity in this country.”
In addition to the tweets about Michelle Obama, Agnew also in 2011 tweeted conspiracy theories doubting whether President Obama was truly responsible for having Osama bin Laden killed as well as an Instagram post suggesting the September 11 terrorist attacks against the U.S. were karmically deserved.
The tweets prompted Agnew to issue an apology on Sunday and blame his past social media activity on youthful indiscretions. He said he was only 23 at the time he “tweeted stupid comments about Michelle Obama” and that he wanted “to be accountable for them” by saying he is “sorry” for the tweets he posted “as a young, immature, and insecure boy who thought he was forever invisible and ‘invincible.’” He went on to admit that his “comments were shallow, careless, sexist, and cruel.”
If this is the guy that Bernie hired to help him reach out to black voters he might just want to close up shop now and hand the nomination to Joe Biden.
I mean attacking Michelle Obama would be like running up to and slapping the Pope in front of a bunch of Catholics.
Actually I take that back, it’s worse than that.