Judging by the recent actions of the Clinton campaign: Americans don’t need access to Hillary Clinton. That’s the underlying message Hillary for America volunteers received when her campaign had a scheduled stop at a black church in Florissant Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Clinton was in town to speak to one of her core constituencies; the so-called black community (so-called because lumping all 48 million black Americans into one monolithic hive mind is silliness.)
As news of Hillary Clinton’s inability to fill a venue reaches a comical level of reoccurrence; her campaign team have taken to restricting entrance to pre-approved major media, roping off journalists or simply avoiding interviews altogether. Who can forget the refusal to admit the Pool Reporter to the Clinton caravan to cover campaign stops? Good times. Clinton campaign supporters rightly expect to be treated differently, but alas that was not to be. Even supporters were carefully screened. Although the church wasn’t full, once the doors closed, no one else was permitted entrance.
I stood outside in ninety +-degree heat with four of her devoted supporters, women who worked as volunteers for Obama For America who had already signed up to do the same for Clinton. They were perplexed; they could see empty pews through the vestibule, yet staff told them repeatedly that the venue was at capacity and the “Fire Marshall prohibited more people” from entering.