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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Co-Chair: ‘Black Voters Are Not Owned by Anyone’

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2020 | 4:16pm EDT
Nina Turner attends Bernie Sanders Grass-Roots Fundraiser In Hollywood at The Montalban on July 25, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
Nina Turner attends Bernie Sanders Grass-Roots Fundraiser In Hollywood at The Montalban on July 25, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) campaign co-chair criticized actress Debra Messing for what she called “racist” comments about black voters regarding rapper Kanye West’s announcement that he’s running for president.

Messing was responding to a tweet claiming that West’s announcement is “probably a plan between trump and Kanye to strip whatever support they can away from Biden as a last ditch effort,” Breitbart reported.

“Absolutely,” Messing tweeted. “He’s playing Jill Stein. He’s trying to take you g [sic] black voters from Biden. It’s disgusting.”

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Sanders spokeswoman Nina Turner responded by saying that black voters are “not owned by anyone.”

“You just can’t stop dipping can you @DebraMessing?” Turner tweeted. “Your connotation is racist. 1. Black voters are not owned by anyone. Our vote should be earned every election cycle. 2. We can think for ourselves & don’t need your help. 3. Sometimes it’s best to stay out of family business.”

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This isn’t the first time that the “Will and Grace” actress has made disparaging remarks about blacks.

Last year, she thanked an Alabama church for calling blacks who support President Donald Trump “mentally ill.” 

 

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