Biden: Republicans ‘Don’t Want Black Folks Voting’

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Too bad, he's back, and many D.C. insiders think the 75-year-old will run for president in 2020.

The former vice president appeared on MSNBC on Sunday, where Crazy Joe told host Al Sharpton that the Republican Party does not want black people to vote.

“These Republicans don’t want working-class people voting. They don’t want black folks voting,” Biden said on “Politics Nation.”

But in fact, while President Trump drew only 8% of the black vote in 2016, he actively courted the traditionally Democratic bloc. Black voters dropped in 2016, and Hillary Clinton won 88% of that vote (down from the 93% Barack Obama had won in 2012).

Trump has also trumpeted the drop in black unemployment to a record low. In January, he pushed back against rapper Jay-Z, who called Trump's comments about African countries "disappointing and hurtful."

"Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!" Trump tweeted.

Still, Biden said the GOP is actively trying to curtail the black vote. Here's the exchange between Sharpton and Biden.

SHARPTON: Let me ask you about voting rights. That was another thing the Obama-Biden administration was heavy on under attorney general Loretta Lynch going in with lawsuits against voter ID and ... to deal with voter suppression. They have said that foreigners are voting.

BIDEN: It’s a lie. It’s a flat lie. The assertion the president made from the beginning is a flat lie. Every study, every program, every commission that looked at it said it’s simply not true. It’s part of the big lie. You realize just in past year, in 24 states, the administration’s allies have introduced 60 pieces of legislation, or maybe 70 pieces of legislation, to curtail the franchise.

It’s what these guys are all about, man. These Republicans don’t want working-class people voting. They don’t want black folks voting. Look what we are doing now. There’s a movement. You have George Will making the argument that felons should have their — after serving their time -- their right restored to vote. What is the one thing we want people getting out of prison to do? We want them to engage in society again. What’s the most significant thing you can do to engage? Get in and vote.

These guys, you’re talking about 1.5 million people who have served their time who are unable to vote. Of those, there are 30% or more that are African American. We should have, like other countries have, automatic registration. You turn 18, you go to any government agency, Department of Motor Vehicle, get your Social Security number clarified and you are automatically registered to vote in your district. We should be engaged. That’s the one thing that keeps people focused on what’s going on in their country.

It’s totally crazy.

And Uncle Joe knows crazy.


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