Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden apparently intended to score some political points by declaring President Donald Trump the nation’s “first” racist commander in chief, but his comment quickly backfired.
A number of prominent Black figures pushed back, including New York radio host Charlamagne tha God, who said he wished the former vice president would “shut the F up forever,” Fox News reported.
“Old white male leadership”
The “Breakfast Club” cohost, whose real name is Lenard McKelvey, gave Biden the ignoble “Donkey of the Day” distinction on Thursday’s broadcast.
While agreeing with Biden’s assertion that Trump is a racist, McKelvey noted that he is far from the first one to be elected president.
“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,” he told listeners, according to Fox.
McKelvey went on to describe racism as “the American way,” with the current administration serving as merely its latest form.
“Donald Trump is not the first,” the host said, as Fox reported. “And sadly, he won’t be the last, right? He’s just more overt with his racism than most presidents in recent times. How the hell can Donald Trump be the first racist president in a country where 12 presidents before him owned slaves?”
“America is in a terrible place”
Shifting his focus to the upcoming election, McKelvey noted that Democrats are largely apathetic about Biden’s candidacy. As evidence of the troubling trend, a recent poll showed less than one-quarter of self-identified Democrats surveyed said they were enthusiastic about the campaign.
“Joe, you got to hurry up and announce your Black woman [vice president] so I can be enthused about voting for her because I will never be enthused about voting for you, and you know America is a terrible place when Kanye West seems like a viable option,” McKelvey concluded, according to Fox.
He is not alone in his harsh critique of Biden’s recent rhetoric on race. Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell recently announced that he would not be voting for the candidate because he has “insulted” Black Americans.
“Joe Biden has insulted every African American by saying if you don’t vote for me, ‘you ain’t Black,'” he said, according to the Daily Wire. “I’m Black. I’m not voting for him. He’s an insult to every American because people decide on the competency of the candidate — Joe Biden has to help the people in those cities and he’s not doing it. He’s in his basement.”
While the overwhelming majority of Black voters express an intention to cast a ballot for Biden, time will tell whether more voices from within the community will begin expressing doubt in his ability to represent their interests.