Latest Biden, Harris pitch to Black voters slams Trump in crucial battleground

John T. Bennett, CQ-Roll Call on

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Trailing Donald Trump in multiple national and battleground polls, President Joe Biden on Wednesday took his patchwork reelection bid back to Pennsylvania, trying to sew the crucial Black voter bloc back onto his campaign quilt by slamming Donald Trump.

“Folks, if anyone wonders whether their vote matters, remember this: Because Black Americans voted in 2020 … Donald Trump is the defeated former president. … And if you vote in 2024, we’re going to make Donald Trump a loser again,” Biden said after the audience greeted him with a chant of “four more years!”

Biden was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris a few hours after their reelection campaign announced in a statement a summer initiative to spend “eight figures” to “engage Black voters where they are,” through partnerships with “on-the-ground” organizations across the country and in battleground states. The campaign statement called Black voters “the backbone of the Biden-Harris coalition.”

“Today’s launch of the ‘Black Voters for Biden-Harris Coalition’ is yet another example of our campaign working diligently to earn every single vote,” Biden-Haris principal deputy campaign manager Quentin Fulks said in the statement. He also contended Trump, again the presumptive GOP nominee, “lacks the resources and competence to genuinely engage our community.”

Biden continued in the City of Brotherly Love to appeal to what polls show are some unenthusiastic Black voters, warning they should consider Trump’s “MAGA lies.”

“I don’t have an hour,” he quipped, saying it would take that long to list them all. He dinged Trump for his COVID-19 policies, his refusal to say “Black lives matter” and contended Trump would repeal the 2010 health care law, which would affect 3 million Black Americans. He also asked the audience to consider what Trump would have said and done if “Black Americans had stormed the Capitol” on Jan. 6, 2021, adding: “I doubt he would be talking about pardons.”


Meantime, outside the Manhattan courtroom where he has been on trial facing criminal charges, Trump took a jab at Biden, saying he was “destroying our county” and “letting millions of people from jails and prisons” and “mental institutions” into the U.S.

Trump, whose case was sent to the jury on Wednesday, held a campaign rally in the Bronx borough of New York City last week. There and at previous rallies he has maintained that Biden has done little to make Black Americans’ lives better. Biden and Harris, in a rare joint campaign appearance, sought to answer Trump’s claims in Philadelphia.

“In 2024, with your voice and your power, we will win again,” said Harris, the first Black and woman vice president. “Philadelphia, in Joe Biden … we have a leader who keeps his promises. As a candidate … Joe Biden gave his word that we would fight some of the biggest issues facing the Black community, and we have delivered.”

She pointed to the administration’s capping of insulin prices at $35 per month for Medicare recipients and giving Medicare the ability to negotiate some prescription drug prices. She also cited steps to help Americans manage medical, student loan and other types of personal debt. The crowd roared when she mentioned the student loan debt forgiveness program, and when she mentioned a gun safety measure Biden signed into law.


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