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President Joe Biden has been saddled with tanking approval ratings for some time and there has been plenty of emphasis on Hispanic voters turning away, but with Biden hitting record lows there has been little attention paid to how his support is holding up with black voters.
Until now. Somewhat surprisingly, NBC News anchor Lester Holt reported Thursday on “Biden’s challenges as he begins his second year in office,” citing among these challenges his “falling support among black voters who lifted his once struggling campaign.”
The network reported on how black voters in South Carolina, the state that saved Biden’s presidential campaign, see the president’s first year in office and the results are not good.
“South Carolina’s black Democratic voters turning out in force to help him win the primary and ultimately the White House,” NBC reporter Kristen Welker noted. “One year later, we went back to see what those voters are thinking now. Helen Bradley, one of President Biden’s most fervent supporters telling us she is disappointed.”
Bradley is asked if she thinks that Biden has fought hard enough for the priorities of black voters, and she answers unequivocally, “I do not.”
The emphasis here is on the Democrats’ so-called voter rights legislation, with Bradley regurgitating the party line about these rights being under threat — they are not — but she also remarked on the impact of inflation under Biden: “When you go to the grocery store, you find things three and four times higher than it used to be. But our paychecks are not three and four times higher.”
Two other black voters were interviewed and concern about skyrocketing inflation was mentioned again, before Welker cited a devastating NBC poll to report that Biden’s tanking support among black voters is “not just in South Carolina. Our NBC News poll shows black support for President Biden has dropped 19 points since April. Now it’s down to 64 percent.”
In reporting on Biden’s troubling numbers, Media Research Center added, “Once again, credit where it is due, NBC could’ve spiked the poll and ran a segment on another topic. Instead, they told their viewers the truth.”
A clip is then run of Welker asking Biden at a press conference, “What do you say to these black voters who say that you do not have their backs as you promised on the campaign trail.”
“I’ve had their back my entire career. I’ve never not had their back,” the president replied, before throwing out a few excuses on why he hasn’t done more.
“But part of the problem is, as well: I have not been out in the community nearly enough,” Biden said. “I’ve been here an awful lot. I find myself in a situation where I don’t get a chance to look people in the eye, because of both COVID and things that are happening in Washington, to be able to go out and do the things that I’ve always been able to do pretty well: connect with people, let them take a measure of my sincerity, let them take a measure of who I am.”
The president has has time to make around thirty weekend trips to Delaware, though.
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., who helped deliver the primary win in his state that kickstarted Biden’s anemic campaign, is then showcased urging patience.
“He was elected to a four-year team. And he’s been in office for one year,” Clyburn said. “I think it’s a little bit not necessarily disrespectful to expect that everything that he laid out is going to be completed in your first year of your term.”
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