While the Republican Party has struggled to win support among black voters, President Trump is working hard to change that. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, his policies contributed to a booming economy that saw the lowest African American unemployment numbers ever recorded.
He has also supported school choice programs to help kids trapped in failing inner city schools and fought illegal immigration, a phenomenon that drives down wages for working class black men.
But whereas Trump has been touting his record, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is taking a different approach with African American voters.
He’s insulting them.
That was evident from an exchange Biden had on Friday with morning radio host Charlemagne Tha God.
As the two were wrapping up, Charlamagne asked Biden to drop by his studio for another interview as he had “more questions.”
Apparently irritated at the notion that he should actually have to provide African Americans with a reason to back him, Biden offered a blunt response:
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Naturally, such comments didn’t exactly go over well with more than a few people. One of them was Tim Scott, South Carolina’s first African American senator since reconstruction.
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“One point three million African Americans voted for Trump,” Scott pointed out during an appearance on Fox News. “He’s saying to 1.3 million African-Americans that you are not black?”
“Who in the heck does he think he is?” the GOP lawmaker wanted to know, adding, “That is the most arrogant, outrageous comment that I’ve heard in a very long time and I take offense to that.”
Conservative activist Candace Owens has written about the sense of entitlement that powerful Democrats like Biden have towards black voters, and she didn’t hesitate to call out his remarks.
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“Disgusting,” Owens tweeted, adding that Democrats “view black people as trained chimpanzees who should not ask questions, but perform the same circus act every four years.”
Black voters form a critical part of the electorate in swing states like Florida, North Carolina, and Michigan, which means that Democratic candidates can’t afford to take African Americans for granted. What happens when they do?
Ask Hillary Clinton.
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