Political affiliations and preferences are a funny thing, especially in the US, where black and latino Democratic voters repeatedly chose former Vice President Joe Biden over his more progressive rivals (Bernie, Warren), as well as DNC insider favorite Kamala Harris (whom the Bernie Bros successfully tarred as "Cop-mala").
Biden's unwavering popularity with minority voters is one of the few legitimate strengths in the Biden column. Of course, the most jarring thing about Biden and his campaign right now is the fact that he's reportedly been hiding out in his basement and only doing a limited number of speeches and media appearances. The few campaign-related interviews Biden does do are inexplicably buried by mainstream (ie Democratic Party-aligned) media orgs, if they're covered at all.
One example of this occurred earlier this week, when one of the most popular radio hosts in the country - "The Breakfast Club" radio host Charlamagne Tha God - derided Biden and his penchant to mistakenly violate progressive orthodoxies, saying he "wished [Biden] would shut the eff up forever" and go back to hiding in the basement.
Biden's mistake? Saying that Trump was the "first" racist American president. Even though the founding fathers and their immediate successors have been dead for centuries, Charlamagne insisted that at least 12 former presidents owned slaves. That's not actually true. According to at least one source, eight former presidents owned slaves. Admittedly, this distinction doesn't exactly dilute Charlamagne's point.
Here's the full quote, courtesy of Fox News:
"I really wish Joe Biden would shut the eff up forever and continue to act like he's starring in the movie 'A Quiet Place' because as soon as he opens his mouth and makes noise, he gets us all killed, OK?" the radio host said. "There's already so many people who are reluctantly only voting for Joe Biden because he's the only option and because Donald J. Trump is that trash."
Here's the context. Charlamagne was referencing a comment Biden made Wednesday in one of his few public statements. The comment earned Biden a place as "Donkey of the Day" on "The Breakfast Club."
On Wednesday, Biden took aim at the president's alleged racism, suggesting it's historic compared to his predecessors.
“No sitting president has ever done this... No Republican president has done this. No Democratic president. We’ve had racists and they’ve existed and they’ve tried to get elected president. He’s the first one that has,” Biden said.
However, Charlamagne declared the presumptive Democratic candidate Thursday's "Donkey of the Day" for his comments.
Then, Charlamagne did something unexpected (for a morning show host on a show that mostly focuses on entertainment and pop culture): He wipped out the polling data.
Charlamagne then cited polling that showed a wide enthusiasm gap between Biden and Trump, noting that it's "not good" for the Democrat to be lacking excitement among his voters, and suggested Biden's latest remarks will further contribute to the "lack of enthusiasm."
"Old white male leadership has failed America and there is nothing worse than an old white male [who] can't recognize the faults and flaws of other old white males," Charlamagne told listeners. "Racism is the American way. Donald Trump is not the first. And sadly, he won't be the last, right? He's just more overt with his racism than most presidents in recent times."
Biden better announce his VP pick - the candidate has promised to pick a black woman for the position - quick, Charlamagne said. Because the VP isn't going to be able to ride the BLM wave into the Oval Office if he doesn't make some commitments.