Charlamagne the God, host of the popular syndicated radio program The Breakfast Club, hasn’t put his famous run-in with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden behind him. During an interview with Charlamagne, Biden quipped that Black voters who don’t vote for him “ain’t Black.”
“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black,” Biden told Charlamagne.
Charlamagne has declared he is not voting for Biden, but will cast his vote for the Democrats because of vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
Charlamagne said previously that he felt it was time to hold the Black vote hostage until the candidates presented a plan that would benefit Black people. Biden released his “Lift Every Voice: The Biden Plan for Black America” plan in July, and Trump, with assistance from Ice Cube, debuted his “Platinum Plan” for Black America in September.
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In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Charlamagne said, “Listen, I’m voting for Kamala Harris, I’ll tell you that in a heartbeat. I’m not necessarily voting for Joe Biden, I’m voting for Sen. Kamala Harris.”
Charlamagne added, “I believe she’s a political change agent, exactly the leader this country needs to lead us in the future. If she’s not, I’ll just be wrong. I’m just so tired of old white male leadership in politics”
Charlamagne said he was tired of old white politicians, Fox News reported.
“I can’t speak for all Black Americans, Black Americans aren’t monolithic, only speaking for me. But I’m sick of old white male leadership in government,” Charlamagne said. “Trump wants to make America great again, Biden wants to build back better. As a Black man, I don’t want to do none of that. We know America has never been great for everyone.”
Charlamagne also said he thought Trump’s campaign was doing a better job targeting young Black voters than Biden’s.
“When it comes to Black people you see who maybe are showing support for Trump, I think it’s because Trump is actually talking to young Black male voters. He’s directing ads toward them. They are a group that never get courted,” he said. “Black people don’t get courted either as a whole. But that old Democratic regime speaks to old Black men and they think everybody else in the Black community and black families are going to fall in line.”
Trump is targeting young Black males in promotions and marketing and it works, Charlamagne said.
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According to polling site FiveThirtyEight, young Black voters view Trump differently than the older population of African Americans.
Polls show that while 35 percent of 18- to 29-year-old Black men don’t agree with Trump’s policies, they like his strong manner and defiance of the political establishment, The New York Post reported.
Harris and Biden don’t agree on everything. In the June debate, Harris criticized the former vice president for boasting about his previous collaboration with Southern senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge — both segregationists.
When CNN’s Lemon asked Charlamagne if he thought Biden’s vice-president pick would draw African-American voters, he replied, “Absolutely.”