President Biden’s approval numbers continue to go down, including among one important constituency—black voters—which might spell trouble for Dems before the midterms.
The founder of the Black Male Voter Project said what is behind the huge frustration with the commander in chief.
During an interview with The Washington Post, Mondale Robinson said it would be hard to convince black voters at this time that voting for Biden could change their lives.
“He remembers the exact time his optimism that President Joe Biden would be different started to go away: when Democrats said they would significantly weaken a police-reform bill to get GOP support.”
“More disappointments came later. Robinson was dismayed that Joe Biden would not push for changes to the filibuster to get a $15 minimum wage. He was angry that the president would not try to stop a raft of voting restrictions enacted by Georgia’s GOP-led legislature.”
“I believe the frustration is now at an all-time high, and Joe Biden can’t travel to Georgia or any other Black Southern state and say, ‘This is what we did in 2021,’?” said Robinson, whose group thinks it reached 1.2 million Black men in the state of Georgia. “Black men are angry about the nothingness that has happened. Does it make your work harder? It makes our work damn near impossible.”
After Congress failed to enact the George Floyd Justice in Policing bill and an election law, minorities were discouraged, as reported by the Post. The White House says, however, that “the Black agenda is larger” than these two problems, though the Biden White House is still committed to them.
Mondale said any outreach must happen sooner instead of later.
“They cannot call me and ask me to help my brothers for their benefit,” he said to the Post. “They cannot have my data, they cannot have access to what I know about Black men, unless I see something is being done for Black men. And that requires more than a discussion with Black men ahead of Labor Day during an election year.”
Author: Steven Sinclaire