Longtime radio host Charlamagne Tha God has been one of former vice president Joe Biden’s toughest critics.
In March he blasted the presumed Democratic presidential nominee for refusing to appear on his show The Breakfast Club because he did not have a black agenda. When Biden finally showed up on Thursday, he unceremoniously took away Charlamagne’s black card.
The 77-year-old candidate craves power, just like most Democrats do, and he really needs the black vote in overwhelming numbers to win the White House. He had no choice but to bow at the throne of “Tha God” and the radio host had no intention of playing footsie with him in an interview that aired Friday. Biden may have unintentionally solidified Charlamagne’s caustic opinion.
“You know I’ve been critical of you.” said Charlamagne.
“I know. You don’t know me,” Biden struck back.
“I want to talk to you about mostly black stuff,” the radio host continued.
The conversation turned to substantive issues like Biden’s vote for the 1994 Crime Bill that blacks blame for disproportionately affecting the community, leading to mass incarceration.
“The Crime Bill didn’t increase mass incarceration, other things increased mass incarceration,” Biden argued. “If you go back and look… the vast majority of the [Congressional Black Caucus] supported the crime bill, almost every major city black mayor supported the Crime Bill, because blacks were getting killed overwhelmingly as well.”
Charlamagne asked why Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was being vetted as a possible choice for his running mate. He urged him to choose a black female while boldly asserting that the community “saved your political life in the primaries” and “have things they want from you.”
“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you — there are multiple black women being considered. Multiple,” Biden said.
An aide interjected, telling Biden he had to go. “Thank you so much. That’s really our time. I apologize,” the aide said cutting the uncomfortable interview short.
“You can’t do that to black media!” Charlamagne complained.
“I do that to white media and black media because my wife has to go on at 6 o’clock,” Biden said in reference to a scheduled media appearance by Dr. Jill Biden. “Uh oh. I’m in trouble,” he said while checking his watch.
“Listen, you’ve got to come see us when you come to New York, VP Biden,” Charlamagne said. “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.”
“You’ve got more questions?” Biden replied. “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
His comments quickly created a political firestorm, triggering a sharp response from the campaign of his opponent, President Donald Trump.
“‘It is clear now more than ever, following these racist and dehumanizing remarks, that Joe Biden believes black men and women are incapable of being independent or free thinking,’ said Senior Adviser Katrina Pierson, in a statement issued by ‘Black Voices for Trump’ on Friday.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) unloaded on Biden, declaring “1.3 million black Americans already voted for Trump in 2016. This morning, Joe Biden told every single one of us we ‘ain’t black.’ I’d say I’m surprised, but it’s sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and browbeat those that don’t agree.”
Charlamagne complained on MSNBC in March that young voters and black voters “want ideas more than individuals — policies more than personalities.”
“I know especially in the black community, people are looking for those who have a black agenda … When it comes to young voters they’re uninspired. They have no reason to be inspired,” he noted.
“If you think about it, after President Obama, I thought the Democratic Party was going to get younger and blacker and browner and more diverse when it comes to agendas, but now we’re just stuck with two nearly 80-year-old white men,” he said of Biden and his former challenger Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
“Black people saved his life the past couple of weeks, his campaign would be dead if it wasn’t for our O.G. Jim Clyburn in South Carolina endorsing him. Plus, you were the vice president for the first black president. You, in particular, definitely need to have a black agenda,” Charlemagne said derisively as he slammed Biden.
“When you see the way the black voters voted for him on Super Tuesday, in his mind, he said, see, ‘I told you they was going to ride with me regardless.’ Why have an agenda when people are willing to give their votes away for nothing, out of fear and the fact that they’re familiar with Joe Biden, fear of Trump, and being familiar with Joe Biden?”
“I’ve got it on good authority that Biden’s black surrogates do not want Joe Biden to come on The Breakfast Club.”
“I have no idea” why. “It goes back to what I said, Joe Biden owes black people his political life, you know what I’m saying, so don’t disrespect that base by not showing up, especially when, you know, all your other former opponents did. “
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also ran afoul of the show’s listeners when she appeared in 2016. A host asked her what’s something she always has in her bag. “Hot sauce,” she said. Critics accused her of pandering to the black community, but the former First Lady has a long, documented history of adoration for the condiment.