Black Men For Bernie leader, Bruce Carter, was under fire after the rumor spread that he would be voting for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
The news came as a surprise to many since Carter originally supported Bernie Sanders, the candidate who preached for social change and equality. On the other hand, Trump is often criticized for his racist, homophobic, and sexist speech. Some Sanders supporters have also gone to back the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein.
But instead, Carter isn’t saying that he’s voting for Trump. But he is willing to do so if Trump can deliver on promises to helping the African-American community. Along with Trump, Carter also reached out to other parties including the Green Party and the Libertarian Party to see who Black Men For Bernie should back.
As he notes in a Facebook video, Carter and the Black Men For Bernie group is dedicated to “restoring families.” He also wants people of color to have a “sense of ownership” in their communities. And to do that, he’s looking for “partnerships.”
“I’m looking forward to, at this point in time, to sitting down with Donald Trump and having that conversation,” he said in the Facebook video. “‘What would partnership look like if you were the president?’ and if we can make it make sense, I’m going to tell people why they need to vote this way.”
Later on, he continued, “What are you willing to do for the people who give you their votes?”
“And if that person, whether he has an R, L, a G by his name or an I, says I will do everything I can if we have a partnership,” he said.
With a little over three months until the November election, Carter says that there’s still time to make change despite Sanders conceding to Hillary Clinton. “We have 70 days to make an impact on this election and we’re not waiting for 2018,” he said. “So yes, if Donald Trump says I will partner with urban communities because regardless of what I’ve said or what people think, I can get the job done I’m going to work with him.”
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In the video Carter also spoke about the possibility of the politicians being untruthful as well but he’s “not worried.”
“They could lie to us. These senators they can lie,” he said. “But we can vote them out. We’re not worried about terms anymore.”
As for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, Carter says that he ascribes to the #NeverHillary notion. “I just can’t,” he said.
Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire last month.
“I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future,” said Sanders. “That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”
Later on, his continued to express his support for Clinton and put down the Trump at the same time.
“In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up,” Sanders said. “While Donald Trump is busy insulting Mexicans, Muslims, women, African-Americans and veterans, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Yes. We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian American, Native American – all of us – stand together. Yes. We become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native-born and immigrant fight to rid this country of all forms of bigotry.”
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