Biden gives shoutout to Black Americans in victory speech: 'You always have my back, and I'll have yours'

Biden gives shoutout to Black Americans in victory speech: 'You always have my back, and I'll have yours'
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE thanked Black voters Saturday night in his first speech to the country since his victory over President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE, promising to “always” have their backs.

“The African American community stood up again for me. They always have my back, and I’ll have yours,” Biden told a socially distanced crowd at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. “I said from the outset I wanted a campaign that represented America, and I think we did that. Now that’s what I want the administration to look like.”




Black voter turnout was at a 20-year low in 2016, and the bloc was targeted aggressively by both the Biden and Trump campaigns.

Exit polling from The New York Times shows that 87 percent of Black voters went for Biden, including 91 percent of Black women — historically one of the most loyal voting blocs for Democrats.

Biden narrowly won multiple battleground states, including Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Voting rights activists and groups that work on turning out the Black vote have attributed these victories to Black voters.

“Exit polling is showing that black voter participation is up across the board,” Brandon Upson, founder and executive director of Amplify Action — a nonprofit that focuses on mobilizing Black men — told The Hill on Thursday.


The Times exit polling actually showed that Trump did slightly better with Black voters this election than 2016, something that Upson acknowledged. 

“But, we know as a community who better represents our best interest, and I think that's what came out at the end,” Upson said. “Joe Biden was the candidate that showed … that he had our best interests at heart, even more so than Donald Trump.”

Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe U.S. and Mexico must revamp institutions supporting their joint efforts Harris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation Watch live: Harris delivers remarks on vaccination efforts MORE (D-Calif.), is the first woman to be elected vice president as well as the first Black, Indian and Caribbean American woman to serve in the country’s second-highest office.

“I will be honored to be serving with a fantastic vice president — Kamala Harris — who will make history as the first woman, first Black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country,” Biden said. “It’s long overdue, and we’re reminded tonight of all those who fought so hard for so many years to make this happen. But once again, America has bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”

A record 74 million Americans voted for the Democratic ticket.