Radio host Charlamagne tha God has rejected Joe Biden’s apology after the former vice president said black people are unsure whether to support him or Donald Trump “is not black.”
Biden, the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, was accused of racism and later admitted he “shouldn’t have been such a wise man” when he made the presumptuous comment about the black vote last week.
Charlamagne said to MSNBC on Sunday, “I don’t even care about the words and the lip service. The apology is cool, but the best apology is actually a black agenda. You know, they have to make some real political commitments to black people. ‘
The Breakfast Club host added that if Biden chose Amy Klobuchar as his running mate, he would make a mistake and go for a black woman instead.
Charlamagne said to MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Sunday, “I don’t even care about the words and the lip service. The apology is cool, but the best apology is actually a black agenda. You know, they have to make some real political commitments to black people. ‘
Vice President Joe Biden (right) appeared on ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Friday with popular host Charlamagne tha God (left)
Biden, who has already announced he will choose a woman as his running mate, has several candidates, with Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren all in the running. The bookmakers have prized Harris as the favorite, although Klobuchar has recently gained some traction.
Charlamagne added, “I hear a lot of people say, you know, we also want him to have a black woman walking a buddy, you know, but not just any black woman walking a buddy, one who actually comes to the office and makes sure black people take advantage of our presence there …
“We need substance and meaning over symbolism, and he’s already committed to putting a black woman in the Supreme Court. So I just want him and the Democratic Party to know that it’s time to give something back to the black community in a tangible way. ‘
On Friday, Biden distanced himself from the comments made to Charlamagne in a phone call to the black manager, saying to them, “I shouldn’t have been so arrogant. I don’t take (the black voice) for granted at all. ‘
That was in recognition of the stinging criticism he received in response to his comments he made earlier today about “The Breakfast Club,” a radio show popular in the black community.
At the end of the interview, Joe Biden told Charlamagne tha God ‘if you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump then you’re not black’
The reprimands included allies from Trump’s reelection campaign – who would love to go on the offensive after defending the Republican President’s response to the coronavirus pandemic for weeks – and some activists who warned that Biden should still try black voters, even if African Americans overwhelmingly oppose the President.
“None of us can afford to see the party or campaign mess up these elections, and these kinds of comments are the kind that frankly make black voters feel like we’re not really appreciated and people don’t care if we show up or not, “said Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and director of Black Futures Lab.
Towards the end of Biden’s performance on the radio show, Charlamagne urged him to report that he considers Minnesota Sen, Amy Klobuchar, who is white, as his vice-presidential running mate. The host told Biden that black voters “saved your political life in the primaries” and “have things they want from you.”
Biden said, “I guarantee several black women will be considered. Multiple.’
A Biden assistant then attempted to end the interview, with the host saying, “You can’t do that with black media.”
Biden replied, “I do that with black media and white media,” telling his wife to use the television studio.
Then he added, “If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, you’re not black.”
Joe Biden defended his race record in the 18-minute ‘Breakfast Club’ interview and told Charlamagne tha God that his race record is unmatched ‘
Diddy tweeted a response to Biden’s comments Friday using the hashtag #BlackVoteAintFree
Donald Trump Jr. and Republican National Committee chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel both complained that CNN did not cover the blunder
President Trump also tweeted that ‘HARRIS IS A GREAT AMERICAN’ shares a clip from Fox News Channel anchor Harris Faulkner, calling what Joe Biden said a ‘blind spot for this former vice president’
Later on Friday afternoon, President Trump retweeted Senator Tim Scott’s segment on Fox Business Network, criticizing Joe Biden’s comment to radio host Charlamagne tha God
Trump’s campaign and his allies immediately grabbed Biden’s comments. South Scott Sen. Tim Tim, a Trump supporter and the only black Senate Republican, said he was “ shocked and surprised ” by Biden’s comments.
“I was struck by the condescension and arrogance in his comments,” said Scott in a conference call hosted by the Trump campaign. “I couldn’t believe my ears that he would bend so low to tell people what to do, how to think, and what it means to be black.”
Charlamagne later said on CNN, “A black woman’s running buddy is needed, especially after today.” He added that the question of “what makes someone black” is a discussion for black people, not “white”.
Black voters helped Biden’s campaign in this year’s primaries revive with a Nevada runner-up second place and an overwhelming South Carolina primacy after starting embarrassing finishes in overwhelmingly white Iowa and New Hampshire .
Sixty-one percent of black voters supported Biden during the primary season, according to AP VoteCast surveys in 17 states that voted in February and March.
Biden is now trying to maintain his position among black voters as he builds the type of multiracial and multigenerational coalition that Barack Obama twice elected, who he was vice president.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden return with arms to the White House Oval Office in Washington in November 2016
He’s already committed to choosing a woman as his running mate and is considering several African-American contenders that could encourage black voters. But Biden is also considering candidates like Klobuchar, who might appeal to white moderates.
There is little chance of a sudden shift in support for Trump among black voters. A recent Fox News poll shows that only 14% of African Americans registered to vote have a positive opinion of Trump, compared to 84% who find him unfavorable.
Seventy-five percent of voters registered in African America say they are positive about Biden; 21% have an unfavorable opinion.
However, there is a risk that black voters, especially younger ones, will stay home in November, which could complicate Biden’s path to victory in tight elections. The Breakfast Club is a particularly notable location for Biden’s comments as the program is popular with younger African Americans.
Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC, a national organization committed to mobilizing black voters, said many black Americans are loyal Biden supporters. But she said his comments make it more difficult to attract people who are on the fence about voting.
“The first thing I thought about was to what extent this just knocked out those voters and how much more work the rest of us will have to do to convince people it’s worth their time and their efforts,” she said.