The campaign of Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has reached a new low. And thankfully at least one person is holding them accountable
In the latest emails released by WikiLeaks, Clinton insiders are seen politicizing the death of Eric Garner. Eric Garner’s death was caught on video on July 17, 2014, as police tried to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes outside of a Staten Island store. After he resisted arrest, Office Daniel Pantaleo used a choke hold to subdue Garner that eventually proved fatal. A grand jury later decided not to indict the officer, and the case is now being reviewed by the Justice Department.
FoxNews reports that leaked emails reveal a discussion between Clinton aides as the campaign prepared for a gun violence editorial schedule to run in the New York Daily News. One Clinton press secretary, Nick Merill, writes, “I know we have Erica Garner issues but we don’t want to mention Eric at all? I can see her coming after us for leaving him out of the piece.” Erica Garner is the daughter of Eric Garner. Another aide, Maya Harris, replied stating that Eric Garner wasn’t included in the piece “because he was not killed by gun violence.”
Erica Garner tweeted “I’m troubled by the revelation that you and this campaign actually discussed ‘using’ Eric Garner…Why would you want to ‘use’ my dad?.” She added, “These people will co opt anything to push their agenda. Police violence is not the same as gun violence.” Garner was outraged that the Clinton campaign would seek to use her father’s death for political reasons but she was glad that they did not end up using him to protest gun violence.
CNN reports that since her father’s death, Garner has become an advocate working to stop excessive police violence. She has been critical of the Obama administration and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for their handling of her father’s case. During the primary season, Garner endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Both FoxNews and CNN report reaching out to the Clinton campaign for a response, but neither has received one.