Maddow played role in influencing U.S. support for Mandela’s anti-AIDS effort

Bill Clinton and Rachel MaddowBY ZACH CARTER
Huffington Post Gay Voices

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow played a supporting role in pressuring former President Bill Clinton into abandoning his administration’s hostility to Nelson Mandela’s AIDS relief programs in the 1990s.

Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy are being celebrated by nearly everyone in American politics, from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to President Barack Obama. But the U.S. government aggressively opposed Mandela’s political goals for decades. While President Ronald Reagan’s support for the apartheid state is well documented, Clinton’s work to undermine the economic foundation of the nascent Mandela-led South African republic is sometimes overlooked.

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