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Charlamagne Tha God, co-host of “The Breakfast Club,” riffed on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden after the former VP accused President Donald Trump of being the first “racist” president.
Biden made his unsubstantiated accusation on Wednesday while claiming that it is without precedent in U.S. history.
“No sitting president has ever done this… No Republican president has done this. No Democratic president. We’ve had racists and they’ve existed and they’ve tried to get elected president. He’s the first one that has,” Biden said.
The former vice president and long-serving U.S. senator from Delaware earned Charlamagne’s “Donkey of the Day” nod.
“I really wish Joe Biden would shut the eff up forever and continue to act like he’s starring in the movie ‘A Quiet Place’ because as soon as he opens his mouth and makes noise, he gets us all killed, okay?” the syndicated radio host said.
“There’s already so many people who are reluctantly only voting for Joe Biden because he’s the only option and because Donald J. Trump is that trash,” Charlamagne added.
The host went on to cite recent polling data indicating there is a substantial enthusiasm gap between the president and his likely November rival, adding that it’s “not good” for Biden to be failing in firing up the party’s base.
He also noted that Biden’s latest comments will only advance the Democrat base’s “lack of enthusiasm.”
But in continuing to make his point, Charlamagne’s comments took on a racist connotation of their own.
“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,” Charlamagne said.
“Racism is the American way. Donald Trump is not the first. And sadly, he won’t be the last, right? He’s just more overt with his racism than most presidents in recent times.”
The co-host then ripped Biden’s “revisionist history,” saying that his claim about the president is “a lie” that “relinquishes America of all responsibility of its bigotry.”
“How are we ever going to atone for America’s original sins if we don’t acknowledge them?” Charlamagne said in reaction to Biden’s remarks. “How the hell can Donald Trump be the first racist president in a country where 12 presidents before him owned slaves?”
“Joe, you got to hurry up and announce your Black woman VP 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,” he added.
In May, Biden appeared on The Breakfast Club and, in an interview with Charlamagne, made his infamous “you ain’t black” comment.
After an aide for the former vice president said that Biden was out of time because his wife, Jill Biden, was set to appear on a program, Charlamagne said, “Listen, you gotta come see us when you come to New York, VP Biden, because it’s a long way til November. We got more questions.”
The former vice president then responded, “You’ve got more questions? 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 drew backlash from scores of black Americans including Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson.
“Vice President Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not black unless they vote for him,” he said in a statement.
“This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that Black people owe him their vote without question; even though, we as black people know it is exactly the opposite. He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every black person he meets.”
And yet, blacks overwhelmingly have supported Democrat candidates for decades, despite the fact that the party protected slavery by codifying it with the Confederacy, supported and became part of the Ku Klux Klan, and largely opposed the civil rights movement.
The party’s racist history was recounted in a 2017 video for PragerU narrated by Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.
Also, the ‘Trump is a racist’ narrative has long been used by Democrats and their supporters, but it’s not an accurate one, given the president’s efforts and progress in lifting up minority communities.
For his part, Johnson did acknowledge that pre-COVID, the president’s economic policies were lifting up communities of color in ways that had not occurred in decades, including during the eight years of President Barack Obama’s tenure.
“For African Americans, the trend continues to be favorable,” he told CNBC in September 2019. “I give the president credit for doing positive things; when I see a president doing positive things, particularly for African Americans.”
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