Charlamagne tha God rips Biden for avoiding his radio show, saying he 'owes black people his political life'

Charlamagne tha God rips Biden for avoiding his radio show, saying he 'owes black people his political life'

Charlamagne tha God ripped 2020 Democratic front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE for avoiding his radio show, with the popular black host arguing the former vice president "owes black people his political life" and shouldn't "disrespect" them "by not showing up."

Charlamagne, whose real name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, also told MSNBC's Craig Melvin on Monday that many other current and former 2020 candidates have appeared on the program, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProtect women's right to choose how and when they work Senate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Schumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren: Canceling K in student debt could 'transform an entire generation' 10 books that take readers inside the lives of American leaders Schumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRon Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work MORE (D-Calif.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - High-profile COVID-19 infections spark new worries Buttigieg says he'd go on space flight 'in a heartbeat' Biden signs sweeping order to bolster US competition, target big business MORE.

Melvin asked the radio host why Biden, who has so far received an overwhelming majority of support from black voters in the Democratic primary process, has not come on his nationally syndicated program, "The Breakfast Club," which is based in New York City.

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“I have no idea. 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," he responded. "But I definitely got it on great authority that a lot of the black surrogates around him don’t want him to come on ‘The Breakfast Club’ for whatever reason.”

“We should point out that we reached out to the Biden campaign for a response to that charge. We haven’t heard back," Melvin noted.

Later in the interview, Charlamagne contended Biden's campaign "would be dead" if not for the endorsement of Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) before the South Carolina primary.

"Black people saved his life the past couple of weeks," the host contended. "His campaign would be dead if it wasn’t for our O.G. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnThe absolute farce that was the Biden-Lemon town hall Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions Internet service providers spent 0M on lobbying, donations: report MORE in South Carolina endorsing him and all those black voters in the South going out and voting for him. Plus, you were the vice president for the first black president. You, in particular, definitely need a black agenda."

Biden is leading Sanders in the race for delegates as the two head into six primary contests on Tuesday that include Michigan, a key state that the Vermont senator took over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Club for Growth goes after Cheney in ad, compares her to Clinton Sanders to campaign for Turner in Ohio MORE in 2016.