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 Biden 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 Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
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.
“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 Clyburn 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 Clinton in 2016.