Juan Williams, a regular on Fox News and contributor for “The Hill” argues in a new Op-Ed that House Majority Whip James Clyburn, who endorsed Joe Biden before the South Carolina DNC Primary is his pick for “politician of the year.”
Williams writes “The biggest political story of the year is the defeat of President Trump. If not for Clyburn, Biden would not have been on the ballot to defeat Trump.”
He continues “Clyburn picked Biden off the mat to make him the winner in the Democratic primary fight. Name another Democrat who could have beaten Trump, an incumbent president with a fired-up base, a record bankroll and total control over the GOP.”
“The other leading Democrats would have been demonized by Trump’s attack machine as your crazy, socialist uncle [Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)]; mocked as ‘Pocahontas’ [Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)]; or demeaned for being young and gay [former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D)].” Williams adds.
Juan also says “Whites, Latinos and young Black Democrats voting in the early primary races felt nothing for the moderate, elderly Biden — until Clyburn made the call of the year by endorsing a candidate able to withstand the mudslinging.”
According to Juan, Clyburn told him he took his wife Emily’s advice, who told him “Joe’s your best bet to defeat Trump.”
Williams also argues “If not for Clyburn, a Black woman would probably not be set to be vice president for the first time.”
In a recent interview with Juan, Clyburn expressed discontent that Biden has not nominated more black figures in cabinet positions.
While Clyburn was pleased with the selection of Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, he was not please more black leaders have not been tapped.
Clyburn told Williams “From all I hear, Black people have been given fair consideration. But there is only one Black woman so far.”
“I want to see where the process leads to, what it produces,” he added. “But so far it’s not good.”