Charlamagne tha God Says Joe Biden Has ‘Very Racist’ Senate Record, Says He Has Chance To Fix It

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Joe Biden is using the death of George Floyd to raise funds in his campaign against President Trump (See here and here), but black talk show host Charlamagne tha God said during a CNN interview it is Biden that has the apologizing to do to the Black community.

Commenting on Biden’s time in Congress, the Breakfast Club host said: “I think, you know, Biden’s record in the Senate actually reflects very racist legislation, but he has a chance to correct that by doing right by black people.”

“To me it’s like this: If Barack Obama was JFK, then Joe Biden needs to be Lyndon B. Johnson. You know, he has the opportunity to be as progressive as Lyndon B. Johnson. Lyndon B. Johnson may have been labeled a racist but his record doesn’t reflect that. LBJ’s record showed that he had, like, the most effective progressive record on race and class of any Democratic president of the past 80 years,” Charlamagne added during the interview, as Fox News reports.

The Washington Examiner reports the host was referencing a “Police Officer’s Bill of Rights” bill that Biden supported after the police beating of Rodney King in 1991. According to the report, the bill was “aimed at strengthening protections when law enforcement officers were accused of misconduct.”

During another interview with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, Charlamagne said he did not believe that Biden or Trump was to blame for race relations in America. Similarly, he said he did not believe either man could fix the problem.

“I think that … we got to stop acting like white supremacy isn’t done by design,” Charlamagne said during the interview. “The whole function of systemic racism is to marginalize black people. It’s very hard to get any damn-near 80-year-old white man to change a system that’s been working for him and his family for years. I don’t care if it’s Biden or Trump. So once again, we need people that are willing to dismantle the mechanism of white supremacy.”

Limbaugh challenged the presumption that the answer to racial injustice is to simply vote Democratic.

“The Democratic Party has been promising to fix your grievances for 50 years, and you have the same grievances, you have the same complaints,” Limbaugh said via Fox News. “They haven’t done a damn thing for you. They haven’t even punished the people that you think are responsible for the racism and bigotry being done to you. Why do you keep supporting them?”

“I don’t disagree with you, and that’s why I’m not letting nobody politicize black pain and tell us that this is one person’s fault just because they’re trying to win an election in November,” Charlamagne responded.

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“This is America’s fault, and the War on Drugs and mass incarceration and segregation and slavery, all of those things are and have been the proverbial knee on the back of black folks’ neck. And until somebody is willing to dismantle the mechanism of white supremacy, nothing is going to change,” he continued.

Charlamagne’s comments on Biden were not all critical, however, as he applauded his campaign stop in Philadelphia.

“He did very well today in Philadelphia, you know, he said a lot of things that I wanted to hear, and I know it’s dream-selling season, and politicians say what they need to in order to get elected, but I really enjoyed it,” he said per the Washington Examiner. “But I need some action, like I need him to really lean into blackness now.”


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