MSNBC worries Hillary crowd too white, too small, not enthusiastic enough

MSNBC worries Hillary crowd too white, too small, not enthusiastic enough

Love the smell of flop sweat in the morning? That might have been the aroma wafting off Roosevelt Island today as Hillary “kicked off” her campaign [whatever happened to “you only get one chance to make a first impression?” Guess Hillary doesn’t use Head & Shoulders.]

On MSNBC’s Weekends with Alex Witt today, two reporters painted a picture of a crowd that was smaller than hoped for, not overly enthusiastic, and problematically pale.

First up was Alex Seitz-Wald, who let slip that stands behind the stage didn’t get filled, and that the crowd was largely enthusiastic but “not overwhelmed.”  A bit later Joy Reid and host Richard Liu fretted over the problematic predominance of pale faces, with Reid observing “on the diversity side, they were on the low end.”

ALEX SEITZ-WALD: It was a pretty enthusiastic crowd–there was however an overflow area behind the stage that didn’t really get filled. Campaign officials say that was just a precautionary measure [Ed.: in the unlikely event a lot of people actually wanted to hear Hillary] in case they needed more room. I’d say a largely enthusiastic crowd but they were not overwhelmed.

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