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SEC Charges Cardinal Health With FCPA Violations

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Washington D.C., Feb. 28, 2020 —

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Ohio-based pharmaceutical company Cardinal Health, Inc. has agreed to pay more than $8 million to resolve charges that it violated the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).cardinal health corporate crime

According to the SEC’s order, Cardinal’s internal accounting controls were not sufficient to detect improper payments made by employees of its former Chinese subsidiary. The order finds that, between 2010 and 2016, Cardinal China retained thousands of employees and managed two large marketing accounts for the benefit of a European dermocosmetic company whose products Cardinal China distributed.

The dermocosmetic company directed the day-to-day activities of the Cardinal China employees, who used the marketing account funds to promote the dermocosmetic company’s products. According to the order, employees directed payments to government-employed healthcare professionals and to employees of state-owned retail companies who had influence over purchasing decisions.

The order finds that Cardinal did not apply its full accounting controls to the accounts and regularly authorized the payments without reasonable assurances that the transactions were executed appropriately. A profit-sharing agreement with the dermocosmetic company provided Cardinal with a percentage of profits from sales derived from the improper payments. As a result, the order finds, Cardinal also failed to maintain complete and accurate books and records concerning the marketing accounts.

Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders for president

Washington (CNN)Civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. on Sunday endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“With the exception of Native Americans, African Americans are the people who are most behind socially and economically in the United States and our needs are not moderate. A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path. The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path. That’s why I choose to endorse him today,” Jackson said in a statement.
“The Biden campaign has not reached out to me or asked for my support,” he added. “The Sanders campaign has, and they responded to the issues I raised.”
The Sanders campaign said Jackson plans to speak alongside the senator at an event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Sunday. The state will hold its Democratic primary on Tuesday — a key state for both former Vice President Joe Biden and the Vermont senator.
Jackson, a longtime civil rights leader and clergyman, launched campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1983 and 1987. He won Michigan during his presidential bid in 1988 when it was still a caucus.

Last month, we posted a clip of  “The Jim Bakker Show” in which televangelist Jim Bakker and his guest Sherrill Sellman suggested that a silver solution sold by his network can kill the coronavirus and heal those who have been infected.

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The Jim Bakker Show is suggesting that the silver solution it sells can kill the coronavirus within 12 hours.

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The clip generated a good deal of press coverage and on Tuesday, the office of the New York Attorney General sent Baker a cease and desist order instructing him to stop “making misleading claims regarding the Silver Solution’s effectiveness” and to add a disclaimer to the solution that he sell.

Here is the letter in full:

Dear Mr. Bakker:

The New York State Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) is extremely concerned by certain statements made during the February 12, 2020 screening of The Jim Bakker Show. During this screening, you asked your guest Sherrill Sellman if the Silver Solution sold on the show’s website would be effective against the coronavirus, to which Ms. Sherman responded: “Let‘s say it hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it’s been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours.” New York residents can view your show on the internet and local television, and your show’s website sells Silver Solution products to New York residents.

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV) poses serious consequences to public health, and consumers are concerned as to how they can best protect themselves and their families. Your show’s segment may mislead consumers as to the effectiveness of the Silver Solution product in protecting against the current outbreak. The World Health Organization (“WHO”) has noted that there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat this disease. Therefore, any representation on the Jim Bakker Show that its Silver Solution products are effective at combatting an/or treating the 2019 novel coronavirus violates New York law.

Your show is hereby advised to immediately cease and desist from making misleading claims regarding the Silver Solution’s effectiveness as they violate New York’s consumer protection statutes, Executive Law § 63(12) and General Business Law Article 22-A §§ 349 and 350, which prohibit fraudulent and deceptive business practices and false advertising.

Additionally, you are advised to immediately affix the disclaimer – “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” – to all Silver Solution products listed on the show’s online store.

Within the next ten business days, please contact the undersigned to confirm that the Jim Bakker Show has so complied. Your failure to comply with this directive may result in further action by this office. Please be advised that the Office of the Attorney General is authorized pursuant to Executive Law § 63(12) and General Business Law Article 22-A to bring suit to enjoin any deceptive acts and practices, and to seek restitution, damages, and penalties of up to $5,000 per violation (§ 35O-d).

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Right-wing pastor E.W. Jackson said on his “The Awakening” radio program yesterday that the “homovirus” is devastating the American family and society.

Jackson, who was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2013 and unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2018, claimed that Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott, who represents the district in which Jackson lives, was “an enemy of Christ, an enemy of God” for supporting reproductive and LGBTQ rights.

“The last thing in the world the black community needs is more destruction of the family, more attacks on the family, and that’s all this whole homosexual movement amounts to,” Jackson said. “It is a virulent, violent attack. You know what? I’m going to get in trouble for this one, but this is right off the presses: It is the homovirus for the family.”

“Of course, I am speaking from a spiritual and a psychological perspective,” he continued. “I hope that no one misunderstands my little putting together of two things, because you know we’re talking about this coronavirus. I’m not talking about physical illness. I’m not talking about pronouncing any physical curses on people. I feel the need to explain myself here. I’m talking about the spiritual and psychological element that is introduced into a community that is already having major problems with family formation, and family maintenance, and rearing of children, and now you want to throw this garbage into the mix as well.”

Jesse Watters ‘Stares Down’ Coronavirus By Ordering Chinese Food

You may recall that Jesse is the Fox News “personality” who hosted an utterly racist segment about Chinatown on Bill O’Reilly’s show in 2016.

Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar will self-quarantine after interacting with individual with coronavirus

Washington (CNN)Two Republican members of Congress on Sunday announced they will self-quarantine after interacting with an individual who tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona separately said they will take the step out of caution and don’t currently have any symptoms related to the virus.
Cruz said he will remain in Texas until a full 14 days after the interaction has passed. The Texas Republican said his interaction with the individual consisted of a “brief conversation and a handshake.”
“Given that the interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation period is 5-6 days, that the interaction was for less than a minute, and I have no current symptoms, the medical authorities have advised me that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low,” he said in a statement.
Gosar said in his own statement later Sunday that, along with three members of his staff, he was with the infected individual “for an extended period of time, and we shook hands several times.” He said he’ll remain at home in Arizona for 14 days and that his office would be closed for the week.
“We are all asymptomatic and feel great,” Gosar said. “But we are being proactive and cautious.”
The announcements come one day after the American Conservative Union announced that one of the CPAC attendees had tested positive for coronavirus. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials attended the conference, though the ACU says the attendee did not come into contact with the President or vice president, nor did they attend events in the main hall.
CPAC said in a statement Sunday night that the Maryland Department of Health screened thousands of employees from the hotel where the event was held but no one has reported any “unusual illness.”
The organization said they’re in contact with the infected individual and “he continues to be doing better,” adding that “at this point, no other CPAC attendee, participant or staff has tested positive for coronavirus.”
State governments are working to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the US, as federal officials say more testing for the illness will likely see the number of known cases increase.
As of Sunday night, there were at least 550 cases and 21 deaths in the United States across 34 states and the District of Columbia.
That national figure includes 451 people diagnosed through the US public health system and 70 people repatriated to the US — 46 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, 21 on the Grand Princess cruise ship and three from China.
Cruz urged in his statement that “everyone should continue to treat this outbreak seriously and be driven by facts and medical science.”
“We need to continue to be proactive in mobilizing resources to combat this outbreak,” he said.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

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Former presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris endorsed Joe Biden for president on Sunday, saying in a tweet that he “has served our country with dignity and we need him now more than ever.”

Why it matters: It’s yet another endorsement of Biden from a former presidential candidate and an especially significant one considering that Harris’ attacks on Biden over his support for busing in the first Democratic debate were viewed at the time as a massive blow.

  • Harris said during the opening debate that she doesn’t believe Biden is a racist, but skewered him for speaking fondly about his time working with segregationist senators.
  • “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” Harris famously said. “That little girl was me.”
  • The viral moment led to a surge for Harris in the polls and a dip for Biden, who fumbled his response and seemed ill-prepared for the debate. In the end, however, it was Harris who dropped out in December and Biden who is now on pace to win the nomination.

What she’s saying:

“One of the things that we need right now is we need a leader who really does care about the people and who can therefore unify the people. And I believe Joe can do that. I am supporting Joe because I believe that he is a man who has lived his life with great dignity. He is a public servant who has always worked for the best of who we are as a nation, and we need that right now. There is so much at stake in this election, guys.”

— Kamala HarrisThe big picture: Biden has received endorsements from at least nine former candidates as the moderate wing of the Democratic party has consolidated around him, including Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke and Mike Bloomberg.

  • Bernie Sanders has so far gained endorsements from former candidates Marianne Williamson and Bill de Blasio.

Of note: Harris, who is viewed as a possible pick for vice president, said she will appear with Biden at a rally in Detroit on March 9, one day before Michigan’s Democratic primary.

  • A win for Biden in Michigan would likely be a knockout blow to his rival Sen. Bernie Sanders.

It’s official: Virginia is now the fourth state to ban hair discrimination

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(CNN)Hair love has become law in the Commonwealth.

Virginia on Wednesday became the fourth state — following California, New York and New Jersey — to officially ban hair discrimination. The law comes on the heels of a nationwide movement around the “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act,” or the CROWN Act, which would “ensure protection against discrimination based on hairstyles.”
The legislation garnered national attention earlier this year after Matthew A. Cherry won an Academy Award for best animated short for “Hair Love,” which follows the story of a black father trying to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.
“Hair Love was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation,” Cherry said during his acceptance speech. “We wanted to normalize black hair. There’s a very important issue that’s out there, the CROWN Act, and if we can’t help to get this passed in all 50 states it will help stories like DeAndre Arnold’s who’s our special guest tonight.”
His experience is among a handful of stories about hair discrimination that sparked controversy and support nationwide.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement that the new bill “will make our Commonwealth more equitable and welcoming for all.” The bill specifically bans racial discrimination based on, “traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.”
“It’s pretty simple — if we send children home from school because their hair looks a certain way, or otherwise ban certain hairstyles associated with a particular race — that is discrimination,” Northam said. “This is not only unacceptable and wrong, it is not what we stand for in Virginia.”
Other states — including Colorado, Washington and Minnesota — are considering passing similar legislation.

Olive Garden customer loudly demanded a nonblack server — and the manager complied

“We made the decision to separate with the manager involved,” an Olive Garden spokeswoman said of the incident at an Indiana location.
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By Janelle Griffith

A customer at an Olive Garden restaurant in Indiana on Saturday loudly demanded a server who is not black, an employee and an observer said. A manager acquiesced, and is no longer employed by the company.

Amira Donahue, a hostess at the restaurant in Evansville in southwestern Indiana, said the customer, a white woman, complained to a manager about her and the other black hostess working during Saturday’s dinner rush.

“She made comments about me to my co-workers concerning my race and saying that I should work at a strip club instead,” Donahue told NBC News on Wednesday. “She asked if I’m even black and if I am from here.”

Donahue, 16, said the customer — who was with a handful of other people, including two children — was seated at a table that had a black server, at which point she became particularly irate.

The customer then screamed her demand for a nonblack server to a manager, who complied, Donahue said.

Maxwell Robbins, 22, a customer who witnessed the entire ordeal, told NBC News he was so disturbed by what transpired that he documented it in a Facebook post and submitted multiple complaints to Olive Garden by phone. The Facebook post had been shared more than 1,500 times as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Olive Garden on Green River Road, in Evansville, Ind.
The Olive Garden on Green River Road, in Evansville, Ind.Google Maps

Robbins, who was dining with his wife and one of their friends, said the manager complied with the customer’s demand without hesitation.

Both Donahue and Robbins condemned the manager’s handling of the incident.

Robbins wrote in his Facebook post that the customer should’ve been refused service for even making such a demand and that it is “disgusting” that the manager would honor it, especially considering the restaurant’s diverse staff.

Joe Biden Surrogate Hilary Rosen Tries To Lecture Nina Turner On Martin Luther King Jr

RASHIDA TLAIB CALLS OUT JOE BIDEN, SAYS HE ‘SILENCED ANITA HILL’ WHEN SHE TRIED TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT CLARENCE THOMAS

Representative Rashida Tlaib took aim at Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden on Wednesday evening, pointing to his key role as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in allowing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ nomination to move forward despite testimony from Anita Hill that the judge had sexually harassed her.

Biden has previously expressed “regret” for what happened to Hill during the confirmation hearings of Thomas, a conservative justice who still serves on the Supreme Court today. Although Biden voted against Thomas’ confirmation in 1991, he apologized to Hill directly over how he handled her testimony during a phone call before launching his presidential campaign last year.

“Q: Who silenced Anita Hill when she was trying to speak out about Clarence Thomas?” Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who has endorsed Biden’s progressive rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, tweeted. “A: Joe Biden.”

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Q: Who silenced Anita Hill when she was trying to speak out about Clarence Thomas?

A: Joe Biden

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Biden’s campaign had not responded to Newsweek‘s request for comment by the time of publication.

Hill, along with others who were involved with the fight to block Thomas’ confirmation, has been critical of Biden’s handling of the hearings. Many have argued that the former vice president did not do enough as the senator leading the Judiciary Committee to adequately investigate her claims. During the hearings, Biden refused to allow testimony from additional witnesses who alleged the justice had acted inappropriately toward them as well.

Last April, Hill told The New York Times that Biden’s apology to her was not enough.

“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,'” she said. Hill is now a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University. “I will be satisfied when I know that there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”

But Hill also suggested that Biden’s previous actions were not necessarily disqualifying in the presidential contest. “I’m really open to people changing,” she said.

Thomas has consistently denied the allegations made by Hill.

In a statement about Biden’s phone call ahead of the official announcement of his presidential bid, the campaign said the former vice president “shared with her directly his regret for what she endured and his admiration for everything she has done to change the culture around sexual harassment in this country.”

Tlaib’s tweet came as Sanders supporters and surrogates have ramped up their criticism of Biden, with many pointing to various controversial issues in his long political record, following his big win on Super Tuesday. While Sanders was seen as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination last week, Biden got a big boost after his Saturday victory in South Carolina and his performance in the Tuesday contests.

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Anita Hill is sworn-in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas on October 11, 1991. Hill has suggested that Joe Biden’s previous actions were not necessarily disqualifying in the presidential contest.GETTY

After the South Carolina victory, fellow moderate contenders former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota chose to suspend their campaigns and endorse Biden. A slew of other Democratic lawmakers also endorsed Biden just ahead of Super Tuesday, as moderates consolidated their support behind the former vice president.

Then on Super Tuesday, Biden came out as the clear winner, while Sanders won in only four of the 14 states up for grabs. Billionaire former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who failed to win any states but claimed a small victory in American Samoa, decided to suspend his campaign and endorse Biden on Wednesday.

Sanders remains competitive however, as he saw a significant win in California, the nation’s most populous state with the largest number of delegates up for grabs. But momentum appears to have shifted toward Biden, while progressives backing Sanders have urged Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has not won any primary or caucus contests, and who dropped out of the race on Thursday, to endorse her longtime friend and Senate ally. As of press time, Warren had not endorsed any candidate.

Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery

Pope Francis has admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves.

He said in that case his predecessor, Pope Benedict, was forced to shut down an entire congregation of nuns who were being abused by priests.

It is thought to be the first time that Pope Francis has acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by the clergy.

He said the Church was attempting to address the problem but said it was “still going on”.

Last November, the Catholic Church’s global organisation for nuns denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” that prevented them from speaking out.

The Pope’s comments come amid long-running cases of sexual abuse of children and young men by priests at the Church.

What did Pope Francis say?

Speaking to reporters while on a historic tour of the Middle East on Tuesday, the pontiff admitted that the Church had an issue, and the roots lay in society “seeing women as second class”.

He said that priests and bishops had abused nuns, but said the Church was aware of the “scandal” and was “working on it”, adding that a number of clerics had been suspended.

“It’s a path that we’ve been on,” he said.

“Pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a female congregation which was at a certain level, because this slavery of women had entered it – slavery, even to the point of sexual slavery – on the part of clerics or the founder.”

Pope Francis said sexual abuse of nuns was an ongoing problem, but happened largely in “certain congregations, predominantly new ones”.

“I think it’s still taking place because it’s not as though the moment you become aware of something it goes away.”

Where is the abuse said to have taken place?

The female congregation dissolved in 2005 under Pope Benedict was the Community of St Jean, which was based in France, Alessandro Gisotti of the Vatican press office told CBS News.

In 2013, the Community of St Jean admitted that priests had behaved “in ways that went against chastity” with several women in the order, according to the French Roman Catholic newspaper La Croix.

In a separate case in India last year, a bishop was arrested over allegations that he raped a nun 13 times between 2014 and 2016.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who headed the diocese in Jalandhar in the northern state of Punjab, has denied the accusations.

In Chile, reports of abuse of nuns carried out by priests led the Vatican to launch an investigation last year. The women were reportedly removed from the order after highlighting the abuse.

Last year, the Associated Press news agency reported cases of abuse in Italy and Africa.

What have women in the Church said?

Just days ago the Vatican’s women’s magazine, Women Church World, condemned the abuse, saying in some cases nuns were forced to abort priests’ children – something Catholicism forbids.

The magazine’s editor, Lucetta Scaraffia, said Pope Francis’s acknowledgement of the abuse “can be of some help”, but warned that the Church needs to act.

“If the Church continues to close its eyes to the scandal… the condition of oppression of women in the church will never change,” she wrote.

The magazine said the #MeToo movement meant more women were now coming forward with their stories.

Last year, French website Le Parisien reported the case of “Christelle” (in French), a former nun whose name was changed to preserve anonymity.

Christelle said she had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a priest of her congregation in France between 2010 and 2011.

“His gestures became more and more inappropriate,” she said, adding: “But he kept going… until the day he raped me.

“He was unable to control himself… he had a split personality.”

Can Jaime Harrison Unseat Lindsey Graham in South Carolina?

The Times spoke to Mr. Harrison, the first black chairman of the South Carolina Democrats, as he tries to end the party’s drought there.

Jaime Harrison in New York on Tuesday.
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Let’s begin with the obvious: No Democrat has won a statewide race in South Carolina since 2006.

That includes nationally recognizable names like Bakari Sellers, the former state legislator who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor and is now a CNN commentator, and moderates like James Smith Jr., who lost his race for governor last year to the Republican incumbent, Gov. Henry McMaster.

Enter Jaime Harrison.

Mr. Harrison, the first black chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party and a former Washington lobbyist, declared his candidacy on Wednesday morning for the U.S. Senate seat held by Lindsey Graham, a Republican who has served three terms. Mr. Graham’s race is likely to draw attention in 2020: He has shifted from a sharp critic of President Trump to a prominent ally, and Democrats are hoping that grass-roots energy around defeating Mr. Trump will help some Senate and House candidates score unlikely victories. (Mr. Trump carried South Carolina by 14 percentage points in 2016, of course.)

In an interview with The Times in New York City, Mr. Harrison — who stepped down as state party chair in 2017 — discussed the difference between a conservative and a Republican (in his view), the 2020 Democratic presidential race, and why he believes some South Carolinians will punish Mr. Graham for his embrace of Mr. Trump.

This interview has been condensed and edited.

Q: How can a Democrat win statewide in South Carolina?

A: If a Democrat runs the race I’m going to run, which is not about Democrat or Republican, or is not about left or right, but is about right or wrong — if a Democrat runs that type of race? They can win.

I know what it’s like to grow up and not to afford a carton of milk and put water in your cereal. I know what it’s like to dig in the couches to find a quarter or two to pull together so you can get a gallon of gas and your grandfather can go to work. That is not something defined by whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. That’s the life that so many people — particularly in rural South Carolina — are living right now.

In such a red state, how do you motivate an overwhelmingly black Democratic base while, at the same time, convincing Republicans and Trump voters to back you? It would seem you need to do both.

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South Carolina is more of a conservative state than a Republican state.

What does that distinction mean?

It means about 45 percent of people in the state are Republicans; about 42 percent, I’d say, are Democrats. And then there’s this squishy middle, who will probably identify as politically independent but vote Republican six or seven times out of ten. But given a solid Democrat, a flawed Republican, and some synergy — we’ll see some change.

Lindsey Graham has never gotten over 55 percent of the vote in his elections. You peel the onion and ask, “Where did he get those votes from?” You see on the far left and far right he’s never done very well, which is why he was always in danger, particularly on the right. But now — since his embrace of Donald Trump — he has garnered more attention from the far right, but he’s lost a lot of headway with independents and Democrats.

But Trumpism is the Republican Party. Isn’t Graham simply doing what conservative Republicans want in your state?

We haven’t had a candidate run against Lindsey, since the first time he ran, who can echo these issues and articulate them to voters. That’s why I think we have a shot. South Carolina is changing, reverse migration is taking place. A lot of the black folks who used to be in Ohio and Chicago and all those places, they’re coming back home to the South. You see that in Atlanta, and Charleston, and Charlotte, and all across the South. You see the explosion of the Latino population.

So it’s not a matter of persuading Republicans, but motivating new people to vote?

You have to do both.

But I think of the midterms, where several statewide candidates across the South made this argument: Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Beto O’Rourke. All of them lost. Why can you do what they can’t?

Well I think Abrams actually won.

I think I understand the state party. And I think I understand the service component. You have to show, not tell. We have to rebuild trust in these communities. You can’t just say you’ll do A, B, C or D. They want actions, not just words.

And of course you’re running in a presidential year.

Listen, that could have an influence on it. But it wasn’t part of my calculus. For me, people are hurting in South Carolina and for years I recruited candidates to run. And then I thought about Dr. Martin Luther King’s quote about sitting on the sidelines and said “I just can’t sit on the sidelines any longer and change things,” I need to do it.

Last question. I keep coming back to this: Isn’t Graham’s approval rating higher since embracing Trump? The president is still popular in red states. How do you overcome that?

You talk to people in their hearts and their guts and you appeal to them on a human level. That’s my working theory. But we need the resources. In the past, the Democrats who have run statewide have not had national support in order to pull it off. I believe I’m in a unique situation. And I need to use those national relationships to come back home and energize South Carolina. I think that’s our difference maker.

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