President Biden’s approval ratings continue to fall, including among a key constituency—black voters—which could spell trouble for Democrats ahead of the midterms.
The founder of the Atlanta-based Black Male Voter Project explained what’s behind the immense frustration with the commander in chief.
In an interview with The Washington Post, W. Mondale Robinson said it’d be difficult to convince black voters at this point in Biden’s presidency that casting a ballot could bring change to their lives.
He remembers the exact moment his optimism that President Biden would be different began to fade: when Democrats in May said they were willing to significantly weaken a policing-reform bill to get Republican support.
More disappointments followed. Robinson was dismayed that Biden did not push for changes to the filibuster to enact a $15 minimum wage. He was upset that the president did not try to halt a raft of voting restrictions passed by Georgia’s GOP-led legislature.
“I think the frustration is at an all-time high, and Biden can’t go to Georgia or any other Black state in the South and say, ‘This is what we delivered in 2021,’ ” said Robinson, whose group believes it reached 1.2 million Black men in Georgia. “Black men are pissed off about the nothingness that has happened. . . . Does it make the work harder? It makes the work damn near impossible.” (WaPo)