Former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, met with six African American women, all of them small business owners, on Wednesday. The visit took place in Columbia, South Carolina, at Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles, which is co-owned by entrepreneur and attendee, KiKi Cyrus.
According to Bloomberg, Clinton’s last political trip to South Carolina resulted in criticism for comments her husband, Bill Clinton, made about president Barack Obama. The backlash occurred in 2008 when the former president stated that Obama was selling “the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen” in reference to the war in Iraq. The statement tarnished her husband’s reputation among African Americans in the state and decreased her chances of receiving the presidential nomination.
But this visit seems to have gone well. Diane Sumter, president and CEO of Desa Incorporated, told WLTX 9 that she felt Clinton understood businesses owned by women of color: “She understood business. Second, she understood being a minority-owned business–in this case, I’m talking about African American. Third, she understood being a woman-owned business. Being that she had all of that understanding, she could have a better framework of where we were coming from.”
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