‘I don’t think we’re looking for someone without flaws. I’m looking for someone who can work on an agenda going forward…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Prospective Democratic presidential contenders are lining up to win the endorsement of the Rev. Al Sharpton.
An association with Sharpton, who’s long solidified his reputation as a corrupt race-hustler, was once viewed as a political negative. Not anymore.
On the contrary, his approval is a highly sought badge of honor within the Democratic Party, with untold votes and activist support to follow.
Billionaire ex-mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg and former Vice President Joe Biden are both scheduled to join Sharpton at his annual MLK Day breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
Bloomberg will speak at the National Action Network event. Biden is listed as an “honoree”—next to Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Ifill is the former head of U.S. Programs, a division of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
Both Bloomberg and Biden are rumored to be seriously considering a run for president in 2020.
New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is also said to be planning a White House bid. Gillibrand is slated to meet Sharpton on Monday afternoon for MLK Day celebrations at his National Action Network’s Harlem headquarters.
Sharpton has already met with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., several times. He also hosted Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown and Amy Klobuchar at an event in Washington, D.C., several weeks ago. All have made moves to throw their hats in the 2020 ring.
But that’s not all. While not expected to run president in 2020, Sharpton has reportedly summoned socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-NY, to his MLK Day events.
One major flaw for Ocasio–Cortez: At 31 years old on Election Day 2020, she would be constitutionally ineligible to assume the presidency. But Sharpton seemed unfazed by the details.
“I don’t think we’re looking for someone without flaws. I’m looking for someone who can work on an agenda going forward,” Sharpton said in an interview with The Atlantic on Monday.
The establishment liberal magazine published a glowing article looking past Sharpton’s many run-ins with the law, and dubbed him a 2020 “kingmaker.”
Notably, Sharpton owed $4.5 million in taxes while frequenting the Obama White House.
However, he was able to put a dent in that debt recently by leasing the rights to his life story to his own charity for $531,000.
The National Action Network owns the rights for the next 10 years and may option them to a Hollywood studio, although no offers or development deals were reportedly on the table when the deal was brokered in early December 2018.
Sharpton said he will hold off on endorsing any particular candidate during the Democratic primary race.