“Its a long way until November, we got more questions…”
“You got more questions, then I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
That is how the conversation went between Joe Biden and DJ Charlamagne tha God in their interview on Friday. This is yet another slip-up from Biden in a campaign which seems to produce verbal blunders with every twist and turn. Predictably, he has come under fire from former Bernie Sanders supporters and from the mainstream GOP, both calling him racist, trying to energize the black vote against him.
Firstly, what do we make of the fact that Joe Biden’s brain is unraveling at the seams? It appears that despite Joe Biden being unable to hold a conversation without forgetting the name of something, mixing names up, forgetting where he is, or jumbling words, the Democratic Party has stuck with him as their nominee for the presidential election. To the average person, this seems asinine because he is quite obviously unfit for office. It’s not his fault, he just needs to retire. However, as with a lot of decisions made by the Democrats, there is an ulterior motive to having Biden be the nominee.
As of now, there are candidates who are trying to court the Biden campaign into nominating them as the vice presidential candidate. This includes Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and others. The VP pick this time around is especially important because all evidence points to Biden being unable to run the country if he becomes President, instead putting his VP in charge. This means that whoever the nominee is has a very decent chance at becoming the President of the United States, so of course, the elites in power are quarreling over who the puppeteer of Joe Biden shall be.
All of this means that they really don’t care how buffoonish or “racist” Joe Biden sounds, because he is simply the vehicle for a broader Democratic coalition that is decidedly “anti-racist” to take the White House. Any critiques from Joe Biden’s left has to take this in mind: It doesn’t matter to the DNC.
The argument coming from the Republicans doesn’t make any sense, either. In general, Trump campaign officials and RNC chair people have been blasting Biden and the Democrats as the “real racists!” Along with that take is the urging of black voters to vote for the GOP, and the astroturfed overexposure of the few black Trump supporters that do come on board. Unfortunately, this is all in denial of proven demographic voting statistics.
Since the 1960s, according to Pew Research Center, black voters have always voted around 90% Democrat. To put this into perspective, there was a higher percentage of Iraqis that voted against Saddam Hussein in his heyday then there are of black Republicans. Needless to say, going after the black vote in such a pandering way is not going to work, and never has. It is a waste of time and resources.
In contrast, the only demographic that has ever voted majority Republican is the white working class. We saw this in 2016, where Trump won Michigan, Pennsylvania, and other places, and nearly won Minnesota and New Hampshire. This happened because he was a nationalist on economics during his campaign, which appealed to many former Democrat voters, who voted Democrat for, again, their economic policies. In 2020, these people need to be reached out to again to ensure that the Trump campaign holds the ground that it gained back on that fateful night in 2016.