Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has been largely focused on securing and energizing the Black vote, a strategy that doubtlessly influenced the decision to select U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate.
One Fox News Channel political analyst, however, argues that Harris’ addition to the ticket has not helped Biden much — especially when it comes to motivating turnout among young Black voters.
“Created a fair amount of injustice”
Gianno Caldwell’s assessment this week on Fox & Friends appears to reflect earlier polling that showed the senator did not provide a significant boost to the campaign.
Pointing to the “tough-on-crime” stances both Biden and Harris espoused earlier in their careers, Caldwell said many in minority communities hold them responsible for a system that disproportionately impacted them.
“For every African American, especially, young African Americans, we point clearly to the 1994 Crime Bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Joe Biden,” he said. “One which gave $9.7 billion to build private prisons in our country and provided grants and incentivized states to create what we call the three-strike law.”
The pundit went on to assert that legislation had been “very intentional and it created a fair amount of injustice for African Americans.”
Concluding that the former vice president is “part of the problem,” Caldwell said that he could not understand “how anyone could be thinking he could fix the injustices when he was the one who created them.”
“They are part of the system”
While such disillusioned Democratic voters are unlikely to defect to the Republican Party en masse, Caldwell predicted that many could stay home on Election Day.
“Some of them just say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to vote because they are part of the system that got us in this mess to begin with,'” he said.
Without maintaining President Barack Obama’s level of support among Black voters, Caldwell said he believes “Joe Biden is going to lose this race for president.”
As Breitbart reported last month, adding a woman of color to the ticket actually cost Biden some support among minority voters. Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner cited pollster John Zogby, who said Trump’s approval was trending at about 14% — stronger than Republicans in other recent presidential elections.
Trump’s win in 2016 proved that it can be dangerous to put too much faith in polling results. Nevertheless, recent trends seem likely to cause panic among some Biden backers.