The Blame Game: Biden Has His Work Cut Out For Him WIth Black Voters...

By Tommy Wilson | Tuesday, 21 May 2024 04:30 PM
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Over the weekend, President Biden embarked on a series of engagements aimed at courting the support of African American voters.

His itinerary included delivering a commencement address at Morehouse College and attending a gala event for the NAACP in Detroit.

During his address at Morehouse College, a traditionally black institution, President Biden veered from the conventional inspirational tone of commencement speeches. Instead, he adopted a politically charged rhetoric, drawing a divisive line between the young African American graduates and the Trump administration, Republicans, and white Americans. He made sweeping allegations about the Republican party's intent to curtail voting rights, and even claimed that Trump envisages an America devoid of black people. The speech was characterized by a narrative of victimhood and the perceived inability of African Americans to progress in the United States.

The address was a stark departure from the norm, with the President seemingly more focused on his political adversary than on the graduating students. The result was a commencement speech steeped in partisan politics, which arguably robbed the young men of a moment of inspiration and celebration.

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Following his address at Morehouse, President Biden journeyed to Detroit, where he was the keynote speaker at the NAACP's annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner. The event, held at Huntington Place, saw Biden receive a lifetime achievement award from the organization.

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In his speech, President Biden did not miss the opportunity to label Trump a 'loser', a term he frequently uses to taunt his predecessor. He credited his 2020 victory to the support of black voters and predicted that they would ensure Trump's defeat in the upcoming November elections.

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"The nation... needs all of you," Biden told the audience. "Because of your vote, it's the only reason I'm standing here as president of the United States... You're the reason Donald Trump is the defeated former president and you're the reason Donald Trump is going to be a loser again."

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Towards the end of his speech, Biden acknowledged that the United States has fallen short of achieving equality. However, he asserted that there is no reason to abandon the pursuit of this ideal. He then claimed that Trump would turn his back on black Americans, suggesting that Trump's motivations are driven by revenge.

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In his 8 p.m. speech, Biden also labeled Trump as "screwy" and "unhinged", accusing him of wanting to roll back safety regulations, cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations, and slash healthcare. He further criticized Trump for his alleged intention to pardon supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, as Congress met to certify Biden's win. He questioned the audience on what they thought Trump's reaction would have been if black voters had been the ones to storm the Capitol.

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"Trump isn't running to lead America. He's running for revenge," Biden declared.

However, critics have pointed out that Biden himself has a controversial history. He delivered eulogies at the funerals of West Virginia Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd, a former KKK member, and Strom Thurmond, the former South Carolina senator and "Dixiecrat" presidential candidate who supported segregation.

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Biden's record also includes instances where he appeared to deny the historical oppression of black people in America. In a 1975 Senate hearing, then-NAACP Legal Defense Fund Director Jack Greenberg criticized Biden for sponsoring a bill that limited the court's power to use buses to desegregate schools. Greenberg described the legislation as a "brick through the window of school integration."

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That same year, a Delaware newspaper quoted Biden as saying he didn't "buy the concept" that black people have been oppressed for hundreds of years.

"I do not buy the concept, popular in the '60s, which said, 'We have suppressed the Black man for 300 years, and the White man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers," Biden was quoted as saying. "In order to even the score, we must now give the Black man a head start, or even hold the White man back, to even the race. I don't buy that."

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Biden's opposition to school desegregation was a point of contention during a Democratic primary debate in the 2020 election, raised by Kamala Harris.

In contrast, Trump has been making strides in garnering support from black voters. He has been proactive in criminal justice reform and his economic policies have been beneficial for all Americans, regardless of what Democrats claim. Trump's tax breaks benefited earners at every income level and resulted in an economic boom. With Biden's policies causing economic hardship for many, Trump's economic record is looking increasingly appealing to voters.

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During his speech at the NAACP event, Biden claimed that the organization was the first he ever joined. However, given his history of inaccuracies, this claim is met with skepticism.

Despite the controversy surrounding Biden's remarks, the audience at the NAACP event responded with cheers and chants of "Four more years." The event was also attended by Governor Whitmer and retiring Senator Debbie Stabenow, who received the President’s Award from NAACP Detroit President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.

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Biden referred to Trump as “a different breed of cat,” and “not your typical Republican.” He also suggested that Supreme Court Justices appointed by Trump lack intellectual capacity.

“Let me ask you, if he’s re-elected, who do you think he’ll put on the Supreme Court? Do you think he’ll put anybody who has a brain?” Biden asked the crowd, adding that Trump would undo policies he’s implemented to help with health insurance for Black Americans.

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Critics argue that Biden's own Supreme Court appointment, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, was more about ticking identity boxes than recognizing legal intellectual abilities. They claim that she was chosen because of her race, rather than her legal prowess.

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Biden's speeches, which often criticize Trump and America, raise questions about his leadership. If America is as detrimental to black people as he suggests, why hasn't he done anything to improve the situation? As the President, he has the power to effect change, yet his speeches highlight his own leadership failures. Whether he realizes this remains to be seen.

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