Is This the Bernie Effect? Hillary Advocates for $15 Minimum Wage With Gov. Cuomo in New York
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attended a rally today with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at New York City's Javits Center in celebration of the statewide $15 minimum wage increase. Clinton represented New York State in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2009 and currently lives in Chappaqua, New York. Members of several labor organization along with the Working Families Party were in attendance. Gov. Cuomo addressed the crowd by denouncing Trump and reiterating Bernie Sanders' message about economic justice. “This new economy is not a fair economy for working people," Cuomo said.
Although Cuomo is a Clinton supporter, the message was more in line with the Sanders campaign. Until recently, Clinton has only supported a minimum pay rise to $12 per hour as opposed to Sanders' $15. One Twitter user pointed out the irony.
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"The top 1% has gone up 138%," Gov. Cuomo told the crowd. "We're investing $1 million in college affordability. We're investing in paid family leave and to restore fairness and decency, we’re going to raise the minumum wage to $15 an hour."
He also discussed the temptation to use anger for political gain and to divide people, as Trump has. "Some voices out there want to do just that," Cuomo said, "to turn us against each other. They’re taking that fear and saying our differences are the problem. If you think that’s how to make America great again, then I say you didn’t know what made Americans great in the first place."
Hillary Clinton noted that today is the 48th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
King "knew that any movement for justice had to include economic justice," Clinton told the crowd. "It's important to point out that there are people that don't believe the minimum wage should be raised."
As a student, Bernie Sanders, along with thousands of others, participated in MLK's March on Washington, which Clinton cited in her speech.
"The economy doesn’t work for any of us until it works for all of us. New Yorkers do the right thing every time and they did on this bill," Cuomo announced, quoting Sanders advocate Spike Lee.
The governor also used the event to emphasize his support for Hillary Clinton. "I had the great pleasure of working in the Clinton administration for eight years. She can make America great for all Americans, " Cuomo said.
New York votes on April 19. Clinton has been endorsed by New York officials such as Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Watch: Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo sounding a lot like Bernie Sanders: