Top House Dem dismisses reparations as 2020 candidates endorse idea

Top House Dem dismisses reparations as 2020 candidates endorse idea
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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said that he takes issue with using reparations to lessen racial inequality, as 2020 candidates have come out in favor of the idea, The Post and Courier reported Tuesday. 

Clyburn, the highest ranking African-American congressman, told the newspaper he thinks "pure reparations would be impossible to implement.”

He also said he was opposed to "opportunity zones," an idea promoted by Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Fox personalities blast Trump's remarks Romney won't say if Trump's attacks against minority lawmakers are racist MORE (R-S.C.). He told the Post and Courier that this concept, giving tax incentives to developers who work in low-income neighborhoods, "smoke and mirrors.” 

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The Hill has reached out to Clyburn's office for comment. 

Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death Harris vows to 'put people over profit' in prescription drug plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate MORE (D-Mass.), as well as former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro said they support giving reparations to black Americans who were affected by slavery. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down MORE (I-Vt.), who is also running for the Democratic nomination, said he opposes the idea

The support for reparations among major candidates indicates a leftward shift since 2016. In that election, nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE did not express support for reparations. Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJesse Jackson calls on Trump to pardon Rod Blagojevich #ObamaWasBetterAt trends after Trump attacks on minority congresswomen Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' MORE also did not promote the idea. 

Black voters are expected to be a key demographic in the Democratic primary and the crowded field of candidates are likely to fight hard to win black votes. 

Sanders and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez MORE, who has not announced a 2020 bid, appear to be leading the field in recent polls. Harris placed third in a poll released Tuesday. 

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE said on Wednesday that she supports studying the issue of reparations for slavery.