Radio host Charlamagne tha God said on Sunday that Joe Biden picking Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) as his vice president would lead to “voter depression.”
“On top of possible Russian interference and voter suppression, [Democrats] have to worry about voter depression—that’s people staying home on Election Day because they just aren’t enthused by the candidate,” Charlamagne said in response to a question from MSNBC host Joy Reid about Klobuchar being picked.
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“You can’t act like this is the most important election ever but run a campaign from your basement, not make some real policy commitments to the black community, and not listen to some of the demands that the black community are making,” he added.
Charlamagne’s comments come shortly after a controversial exchange between the radio host and the former vice president where Biden said black voters who don’t support him “ain’t black.”
Biden later apologized, and Charlamagne said Sunday that “the best apology is actually a black agenda.”
“It has to come to the point where we stop putting the burden on black voters to show up for Democrats and start putting the burden on Democrats to show up for black voters,” he said.
The radio host also said that picking Klobuchar “would be suicide” for the Biden campaign.
Klobuchar is reportedly on Biden’s shortlist for vice president, alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer (D.). Rep. Val Demings (D., Fla.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), and Stacey Abrams are African-American women who are potential picks as well.
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