Hillary Clinton intercedes in New York Dem primary contest with endorsement of challenger against progressive 'Squad' Rep. Jamaal Bowman

 June 15, 2024

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party's failed 2016 nominee, still wields a substantial though somewhat diminished level of influence over her party's voter base -- except for the far-left progressive wing -- following her monumental loss nearly eight years ago to former President Donald Trump.

Clinton attempted to exert her remaining influence this week to oust far-left progressive "Squad" member Rep. Jamaal Bowman (R-NY) from Congress with an endorsement of his more moderate Democratic primary challenger, according to Politico.

However, that endorsement was subsequently scoffed at and downplayed as insignificant by the incumbent leftist congressman from the Empire State's 16th Congressional District.

Bowman's primary challenger endorsed by Clinton

On Wednesday, Clinton delivered her endorsement and support to Westchester County Executive George Latimer, who appears poised to unseat the two-term Rep. Bowman whose most substantial endorsements have come from Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), along with his fellow "Squad"-mates like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

In an X post, Clinton wrote, "With Trump on the ballot, we need strong, principled Democrats in Congress more than ever. In Congress, @LatimerforNY will protect abortion rights, stand up to the NRA, and fight for President Biden’s agenda -- just like he’s always done. Make a plan to vote by June 25th!"

Latimer quickly accepted Clinton's endorsement and said in response, "Her voice gives even more momentum to our grassroots campaign, which keeps gaining strength because we stand strongly and honestly for our values and for our belief in delivering meaningful results for the communities we serve."

Clinton's endorsement dismissed by Bowman

Yet, while Clinton's endorsement of Latimer may play well among moderate and centrist Democratic voters, it was essentially laughed off and dismissed as no big deal by Rep. Bowman and his fellow far-left progressives, according to Fox News.

During a Thursday night interview with CNN host Laura Coates, Bowman addressed Clinton's interjection into the primary race in support of his opponent and said, "I definitely wouldn‘t call that a major endorsement, with all due respect."

The leftist congressman proceeded to tout the endorsement he's received from Sens. Warren and Sanders, his fellow "Squad"-mates, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), as well as from progressive organizations like Planned Parenthood and a local chapter of the SEIU labor union, among others.

Bowman proclaimed, "I love our endorsements and they’re going to help us win this race."

Primary contest punctuated by charges of racism and bigotry

According to a separate report from Politico on Wednesday, a "vulnerable" Rep. Bowman faces "increasingly uncertain" prospects for re-election to a third term in the bitterly contested primary fight that has devolved into accusations of racism between the black incumbent and white challenger.

"He’s in the pocket of Republican billionaires who want to take our voting rights, our reproductive rights, affirmative action and who are racist,” Bowman told the outlet of Latimer. "And he also is not just anti-Black racist, he’s anti-Muslim racist."

Later that same day, in a televised debate, Latimer accused Bowman of neglecting his white and Asian constituents as he said, "You don’t mention people who are not Black or brown. There’s a whole district, Jamaal, that you’ve ignored and the district knows you’ve ignored it."

The two candidates have also clashed over the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, with Bowman accusing the AIPAC-supported Latimer of being too beholden to Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while Latimer has countered that the pro-Palestinian Bowman is antisemitic and favorable to the Hamas terror organization.

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