Bill Clinton Is Not An "Honorary Black Person." Bill Clinton Can Go Fuck Off Somewhere

Former President Bill Clinton mingles with the crowd at Freedom Temple Ministry while campaigning for Hillary Clinton Feb. 25, 2016, in Rock Hill, S.C. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Former President Bill Clinton mingles with the crowd at Freedom Temple Ministry while campaigning for Hillary Clinton Feb. 25, 2016, in Rock Hill, S.C. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

My second favorite line in Anchorman comes when an inebriated Champ Kind admits to a romantic crush he's had on Ron Burgundy ("I miss your musk… When this all gets sorted out, I think you and me should get an apartment together!"), and Brian Fantana replies "Take it easy, Champ. Why don't you sit this next one out, stop talking for a while."

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(My favorite line? "Milk was a bad choice.")

This scene came to mind today as I watched footage of Bill Clinton single-handedly trying to torpedo his wife's presidential campaign by…

1. Defending his infamous crime bill; which is generally regarded today as one of the main culprits behind the disproportionate imprisonment of Black Americans

2. Doubling-down on the use of the term "Super Predators"

3. Continuing his ad hominem attacks on BlackLivesMatter by saying completely out of context and patently ridiculous things like "I’ll tell you another story about a place where black lives matter: Africa." and "You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. Tell the truth.

That Bill Clinton has received honorary Black status in certain parts of Black America is undoubtedly true. That he is abjectly undeserving of this status is also true. This, I'm sure, creates a bit of a paradox for Hillary Clinton's campaign. Because part of Clinton's popularity is due to the Clinton name recognition. But I'm sure there are people in the Clinton campaign — including perhaps Hillary herself — who prefer he stops talking for a while and sits this one out.

Will this have an effect on Clinton's numbers and standing with Black people? Who knows? All I know is that the same thought is likely going through the Clinton campaign people's heads right now: Where's a distractingly cute intern when you need one?

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

DISCUSSION

Why is this a surprise to anyone? Bill Clinton showed his true colors when he was President and became a de facto Republican signing bills into law that put Black folks in prison and thrown off of welfare in record numbers.

But, even if folks weren't clued in to that just think back to 08 when Hillary was running against Barack and when Hillary fell behind Bill Clinton once again showed us who he really was.

I hope Black folks en mass get a clue about the Clintons before it's too late and Hillary is in the White House.