Tuesday, October 04, 2022
10/04/2022

Biden claims Trump won in 2016 because Hillary Clinton 'basically' ignored black voters

"Every time they've run, whether it’s β€” take Carter or Clinton or Barack β€” they've had overwhelming support from the African American community," the former vice president said in a Sunday interview with NBC's Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. "They've had overwhelming support from minorities. I have overwhelming support.

In 2016, over 4 million people who had voted for former President Barack Obama in 2012 skipped the election, and over a third of the voters who stayed home were black. Then-candidate Donald Trump pitched black voters with his line, "What the hell do you have to lose?" Ultimately, his campaign saw a 2% increase in black support from 2012 while Clinton's was 5% lower than Obama's support, according to exit polls. 

Biden's campaign has struggled during the first two primaries, which occurred in states where over 90% of the population was white. The Delaware Democrat has claimed black voters will flock to him as the primaries take a turn to more diverse states. 

"Sixty billion dollars can buy you a lot of advertising, but it can't erase your record," the former vice president responded. "There's a lot to talk about with Michael Bloomberg. You all are going to start focusing on him like you have on me, which I'm not complaining, like you have on me the last six months. You're going to focus on him. His position on issues relating to the African American community, from stop and frisk to the way he talked about Obama."
 
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