Charlamagne Tha God Unloads on Biden: His Senate Record "Reflects Very Racist Legislation"
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Radio show host Charlamagne tha God unloaded on former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday over his Senate record relating to rights for black Americans.
Charlamagne said that Biden needs to "really lean into blackness now" if he wants his endorsement.
“He did very well today in Philadelphia, you know, he said a lot of things that I wanted to hear, and I know it’s dream-selling season and politicians say what they need to in order to get elected, but I really enjoyed it,” Charlamagne said. “But I need some action, like I need him to really lean into blackness now.”
Charlamagne continued by saying that Biden's record isn't a very good one.
“To me it’s like this: If Barack Obama was JFK, then Joe Biden needs to be Lyndon B. Johnson. You know, he has the opportunity to be as progressive as Lyndon B. Johnson. Lyndon B. Johnson may have been labeled a racist but his record doesn’t reflect that. LBJ’s record showed that he had, like, the most effective progressive record on race and class of any Democratic president of the past 80 years,” he said. “I think, you know, Biden’s record in the Senate actually reflects very racist legislation, but he has a chance to correct that by doing right by black people.”
During an interview with Charlamagne last month, Biden came under fire after he claimed that black people are not actually black unless they vote for him.
“You’ve got more questions?” Biden said towards the end of the interview. “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Charlamagne later unloaded into Biden for his 1990 crime bill that led to the incarceration of many black Americans.
“I see black communities all across America catching hell regardless of who is in the White House,” Charlamagne Tha God said. “People like to bring up coronavirus and how it’s hitting black people the hardest. That’s because we have a bunch of underlying conditions created by systemic racism that have never been fixed.”
“And like I said before, if you created legislation that hurts, then you have to create legislation that helps,” he added. “It’s just that simple. Like, the whole system needs to be dismantled and rebuilt, and he’s been a very intricate part of that system, whether you’re talking about, you know, in ‘84 with the mandatory minimum sentences for drug dealers, or you’re talking about ‘86 with the crack laws that gave you more time for crack cocaine than powder cocaine, or you’re talking about the ’94 crime bill, like, he was really one of the people on the front line when it came to the war on drugs and mass incarceration.”
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