Bill Clinton Rallies Black Voters at First African Methodist Episcopal Church

Bill Clinton just made a surprise stop to The Serving Spoon, an Inglewood breakfast joint. Selfies galore. via @KateLinthicum
Bill Clinton just made a surprise stop to The Serving Spoon, an Inglewood breakfast joint. Selfies galore.
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Bill Clinton spent Sunday morning in a place he’s always been comfortable: a black church. 

The former president and husband of the Democratic presidential front-runner was warmly welcomed at First African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the oldest black churches in South Los Angeles.

Clinton has a long relationship with the house of worship, which is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood. It was his first stop when he visited Los Angeles as a presidential candidate shortly after the 1992 riots.

On Sunday, dozens of blue Hillary Clinton campaign signs adorned a grassy traffic circle directly outside its doors.

The service began with several rousing songs and the broadcast of a short video that implored congregants to vote in Tuesday’s California primary.

Hillary Clinton is locked in a close race with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in California and her campaign is pushing for a major turnout of African American voters, who have supported her strongly in other states.

Pastor J. Edgar Boyd raised the issue from the pulpit, evoking the long struggle for African American voting rights as he encouraged congregants to go to the polls, and to get their children to vote.

The pastor praised Bill Clinton’s two terms in the White House as an era of economic prosperity.

“I cannot think of a better person to be the chief consultant of the next commander in chief,” he said.

Clinton, who was accompanied by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), then took to the pulpit. He talked up his wife’s commitment to improving the lives of children and to social justice.

He spent several minutes attacking Donald Trump and the GOP candidate’s “make America great again” campaign slogan.

“That’s a code slogan for, ‘We’re going to make it great the way it was 40 or 50 years ago,” Clinton said.

“Well it wasn’t so great for a lot of people 40 or 50 years ago,” Clinton said, drawing applause from the pews.

“Do you really want walls or would you rather have bridges?” Clinton asked. “This whole election is about do you want the future or the past?”

Americans “can’t recover a past that’s not coming back, and we shouldn’t shut the door when we live in the most diverse, fascinating interesting place in the world,” he said.

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Source: The LA Times | KATE LINTHICUM