Elizabeth Warren takes another hard-left turn, says she backs reparations for black Americans

With polling showing that President Donald Trump is making gains in support from African-Americans, the progressive left is really stepping up their game to pander to a voting bloc that is critical to the success of the Democratic Party.

But will the pandering, which amounts to giving away free stuff on steroids, do more harm than good for the party’s hopes of making Trump a one-term president?

The New York Times reported Thursday that presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren supports reparations for black Americans for slavery and discrimination.

The Massachusetts lawmaker joins fellow progressive traveler Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who recently endorsed an idea that’s expected to cost the country trillions of dollars, if enacted.

Calling for “systemic, structural changes,” Warren told the newspaper, “We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences, including undermining the ability of black families to build wealth in America for generations. ”

Reparations is a central tenet of the hard left’s radical “critical race theory,” which now directs the Democratic Party’s views on race.

Naturally, Warren was short on details, to include how reparations would be paid for.

More from the New York Times:

Ms. Warren also said she supported reparations for black Americans impacted by slavery — a policy that experts say could cost several trillion dollars, and one that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and many top Democrats have not supported.

The Warren campaign declined to give further details on that backing, but it came amid her calls for the federal government to provide special home-buying assistance to residents of communities that were adversely affected by “redlining,” the discriminatory practice of denying mortgages, usually in poor and nonwhite areas. She also announced a sweeping universal child-care proposal that could strongly benefit minority communities that often have limited early childhood services.

 

As for the Universal Child Care Plan backed by Warren, it alone is estimated to cost taxpayers about $70 billion annually.

Julian Castro, who served as HUD secretary under Obama and is also running for the White House, told The Root this week he would be open to supporting reparations.

Sen. Cory Booker, yet another Democratic candidate for president, was more direct in his attempt to buy votes — he wants to give away free money, introducing legislation late last year to give lower-income kids a sizable nest egg of up to $50,000.

There were two persistent themes in the reaction online, the first being that this is all but certain to reelect President Trump, and the second being that administering such a program would be fraught with challenges on who is eligible to receive benefits and who has to pay.

The whole mess is very confusing to the Rachel Dolezals of the country:

Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:

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