Charlamagne Tha God, Sean “Diddy” Combs and dozens of other Black public figures called on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate MORE to name a Black woman as his running mate in a letter Monday.
The letter alludes to reports that Biden advisers have deemed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris MORE (D-Calif.) overly ambitious and potentially disloyal to a Biden presidency. It also blasts reports that members of Biden’s inner circle are holding a grudge over Harris mentioning Biden's former opposition to desegregation busing in a debate last year.
“Was Joe Biden ever labeled ‘too ambitious’ because he ran for president three times? Should President Obama not have made him VP because he had to worry about his ‘loyalty’ when he clearly had AMBITIONS to be president himself?” the letter asks. “Why does Senator Kamala Harris have to show remorse for questioning Biden’s previous stance on integrated busing during a Democratic primary debate?”
The letter also criticizes Biden’s support in the 1980s and 1990s for “tough on crime” policies such as mandatory minimum sentencing and harsher sentencing for offenses involving crack cocaine compared to powder.
“Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election. We don’t want to choose between the lesser of two evils and we don’t want to vote for the devil we know versus the devil we don’t, because we are tired of voting for devils — period,” the letter states.
Other signers of the letter include Nick Cannon, Bishop William J. Barber, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson.
Biden has pledged to name a woman as his running mate in his campaign to replace President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE. Several Black women are reportedly in contention, including Harris, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemocratic donors hesitant on wading into Florida midterm fights Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms First polls show mixed picture on Rubio-Demings race MORE (D-Fla.), Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen BassKaren Ruth BassDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Bass says she is 'seriously considering' running for LA mayor MORE (D-Calif.) and former national security adviser Susan RiceSusan RiceDavid Sirota calls Susan Rice stock divestment 'corruption deduction' White House memo urges cities to use coronavirus funds to combat crime Voting rights advocates eager for Biden to use bully pulpit MORE.
The letter comes days after the presumptive Democratic nominee apologized for saying that “unlike the African American community,” Latin Americans were “an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”
Biden also faced bipartisan criticism for telling Charlamagne Tha God in an interview in May that "if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black."