Clinton Channels Her Inner Southern Baptist in Nevada

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During a stop at a Gospel awards show in Nevada this weekend, Hillary Clinton channeled her inner Southern Baptist.

“I know this is the day the Lord has made, and let us rejoice and sing of it,” Clinton said and raised her hands to the sky.

In her sermon-like address, Clinton described the power of faith to lift people up during hard times.

“We all face troubles, don’t we? And it’s easy to get discouraged,” Clinton said and was met with resounding “yeahs!” from the crowd.

“And then, all of a sudden, maybe you hear a song in church, you hear it on the radio, maybe a friend is singing it,” Clinton said and proceeded to quote a gospel hymn titled “His Eye Is On the Sparrow.”

“I sing because I’m happy and I sing because I’m free, for His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He’s watching me,” she said, and pumped her hands in the air. “And all of a sudden those clouds lift, and you know you can go on again.”

Clinton clenched her fists and thanked everyone at the awards for inspiring people with“the Gospel.”

“I know this is not just about music, it truly is about the message. It’s about the Gospel,” Clinton said. “So I want to thank you. And I wish all of you well, not just in these awards, but every day, in every way. And I’m grateful that you are in our lives.”

In an interview after the event, Clinton said that it was important to her to “fit” the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in her busy campaign schedule because she is a “person of faith.”

“What’s better than raising your voices to God and being able to connect?” Clinton said.

The Clinton campaign has flaunted its dominance over rival Bernie Sanders with African-American voters, touting endorsements from lawmakers such as Rep. Jim Clyburn (D., S.C.)

Critics, including Sanders, have accused her of pandering to black voters, pointing to her constant touting of President Obama as evidence. She has also been known to break out in a fake southern drawl during campaign stops down south.

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