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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Biden and Black Voters

In Defying the Odds, we talk about the social and economic divides that enabled Trump to enter the White House. In Divided We Stand, we discuss how these divides played out in 2020.  The Democratic Party is a coalition of minorities and college-educated whites

  Cameron McWhirter at WSJ:

President Biden is courting Black voters this weekend in a flurry of high-profile events, in a bid to reclaim support among a once-reliable voting bloc now showing a lack of enthusiasm.

The marquee event is delivering the commencement address at Morehouse College, the prestigious, all-male historically Black college and the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday. After his speech at Morehouse, the president is flying to Detroit to speak at a large NAACP chapter dinner there.

Before leaving Washington, Biden will give remarks Friday at a dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. The decision banned segregation in public schools. He and Vice President Kamala Harris will also meet with the leaders of the “Divine Nine,” historically Black sororities and fraternities, of which Harris is also a member.

Michael Williams, Kevin Liptak and Arlette Saenz, at CNN:

In a radio interview taped Tuesday, Biden urged Black voters to “remember who Trump is.”

“He falsely accused the Central Park Five,” Biden told Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan on V-103.3 in Atlanta. “He’s a founder of birtherism, he tried to repeal Obamacare the first time – now he’s promised to do even more damage.”

Sharpening the contrast with Trump has been of vital importance for Biden as he works to improve his standing in polls. Nowhere is that imperative more critical than with Black Americans. Many polls have found them more disconnected from the Democratic Party than they have been in decades.

Biden often cites issues like infrastructure investments and canceling student debt when promoting his record to Black voters. He’s also taken steps on loosening rules on marijuana, including Thursday when the Justice Department formally began the process of rescheduling the drug.