Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager, Quentin Fulks, has issued a dismissive response to concerns that black voters may be losing enthusiasm for the incumbent president. In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” with Martha Raddatz, Fulks shrugged off polling that shows a dip in support for Biden among black voters.
When asked about the apparent trend, Fulks conveyed a sense of urgency in the upcoming election, stating, “They sense a sense of urgency because of the threat that Republicans posed to America right now.” Fulks went on to claim that the Biden administration has done more for the African American community than any other administration in history.
However, recent polling suggests otherwise. In battleground states, particularly among young black voters, support for Biden appears to be waning. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), a staunch supporter of Biden, has expressed concern about the “MAGA wall” that may be hindering efforts to reach out to the black community. Even Vice President Kamala Harris has acknowledged the challenge of messaging and engaging with black voters.
But according to Fulks, the key to securing the black vote is to simply tout the supposed accomplishments of the Biden administration, such as addressing the racial wealth gap and protecting healthcare. He also emphasized the need to “continue to take this message directly to African-American voters” and not take their support for granted.
“When it comes to African American voters, I want to be very clear about this, that no administration has done as much for the African American community, as President Biden and Vice President Harris,” Fulks said.
“We have to continue to take this message directly to African-American voters and our campaign has done that.” He added, “We’ve come out of the gate with very large buys targeted at African American voters, organizing in their communities to send a clear signal that one, we don’t take them for granted, two, we recognize that we need to earn their support in this campaign, and communicate with them all the way.”
Despite Fulks’ confidence, it’s clear that the Biden campaign is feeling the pressure as they attempt to mobilize black voters. But rather than addressing the concerns and skepticism among the black community, they seem content to dismiss them and continue pushing their narrative of success.
It’s worth noting that this dismissive attitude is not a new strategy for the Biden team. Throughout the 2020 election, they turned a blind eye to issues that were important to the black community, such as criminal justice reform and police accountability. And now, as they face the possibility of losing some of their key supporters, they are once again brushing off their concerns.
It’s a stark contrast to Biden’s promises of being the president for all Americans and a true champion of diversity and inclusion. But as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words, and the actions of the Biden administration thus far have left many in the black community feeling disappointed and disenchanted.
In the end, it remains to be seen whether the Biden campaign’s efforts to win back the support of black voters will be successful. But one thing is for sure: their dismissive attitude and lackluster attempts to address the concerns of the black community are not helping their cause. And as the election draws nearer, they may find that their arrogance and complacency have cost them the support of a key demographic.