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Clyburn: Sanders’s Plan Would Kill Black Colleges

Rep. James Clyburn, a supporter of Hillary Clinton, criticized Bernie Sander’s college plan on Sunday, saying that it would kill black colleges.

“You’ve got to think about the consequences of things,” Clyburn said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “[If] you start handing out two years of free college at public institutions are you ready for all the black, private HBCUs to close down? That’s what’s going to happen.

“Tougaloo College in Mississippi will be closed if you can go to Jackson State for free,” he added.

The Hill reports:

Clyburn took an additional swipe at Sanders’s education plan at his Clinton endorsement announcement Friday, saying there are no “free lunches.”

“And certainly there’s not going to be any free education,” he said from the historically black Allen University, where he sits on the board.

The South Carolina lawmaker said he supports efforts to make higher education more affordable, but “for you to believe that they’re going to make education free, I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

He said Sanders is “making promises essentially that he can’t deliver on.”

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