“If he were on the ballot and the voting were taking place this coming Tuesday, I’d think that Hillary Clinton would still survive. But the election will not be this coming Tuesday, and if he were to get into the race at this point, it all depends,” Clyburn said. “People are really concerned about those emails.”

Perception is everything in the bid for the White House and the Clinton campaign is pushing back against a troubling trend: The email controversy is spinning out of control. It’s now officially a scandal.  Clinton tried to put the mess to rest this week by offering her first apology for using a private email server while Secretary of State, calling it a “mistake” in an interview that aired Tuesday.

“Even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts. One for personal, one for work-related emails,” Clinton told ABC News a day after she vowed not to apologize. ”That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.”

But will Americans accept her apology and move forward? The problem with Clinton’s messaging is the inconsistencies: Clinton has previously claimed that no classified material went through her email account – but then she deleted emails from that account.

Many Americans feel, correctly, that Clinton hasn’t adequately explained why she was using a private email server from home as Secretary of State to manage sensitive government information in the first place.

The FBI is investigating the Clinton scandal even as new polls surface. Only four in 10 Democrats said that “honest” was the best word to describe Clinton.

Sixteen months before Black Americans line up to vote for the next president, there is still time for Clinton to patch her self-inflicted wounds and regain the trust of folks who are frustrated and undecided.

But if Biden decides to throw his hat into the ring, Clinton could lose some significant Black support and her rocky road to the White House could be filled with even more roadblocks.

What do you think?

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