Charlamagne tha God: Biden, Bloomberg Have the 'Most Racist Legislation Towards Black People'

February 13, 2020

Radio host Charlamagne tha God on Wednesday said Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg have the "most racist legislation towards black people."

"Old black people in South Carolina do love Joe Biden, but I would have to ask black voters the question—why do the old white men who have the most racist legislation towards black people, why are they the top two frontrunners when it comes to black support? Joe Biden and Bloomberg,"  Charlamagne said on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront.

Anchor Erin Burnett asked the host of The Breakfast Club radio show why he believed Biden was maintaining his stronghold on black voters, citing a recent Quinnipiac University poll that shows Biden as the top choice among black voters with 27 percent. Bloomberg has 22 percent.

"I think it's the Barack Obama effect. I think it's the fact that he was Barack Obama's vice president, but I think a lot of younger black voters have been doing their due diligence, doing their research and they're aware of the '94 crime bill and they're aware of the '86 crack law," Charlamagne said. "I think that is a big strike against him and it's a strike that he hasn't really apologized for."

He continued by offering Biden and Bloomberg some advice on how they can best apologize to the black community for their "racist" policies.

"The best apology for Biden or a Bloomberg to me is a black agenda. The same way that they sat around and they systemically created things to oppress and marginalize black people, they should sit around with some black folks and create a black agenda that will help uplift those same communities they once hurt," Charlamagne added.

Biden previously defended the 1994 crime bill in 2016, saying he was "not at all" ashamed of his role in helping draft it. However, he attempted to back away from the crime bill last year by saying he "got stuck" writing it because he was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time. During the National Action Network's Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast last year, Biden said, "I haven't always been right. I know we haven't always gotten things right, but I've always tried."

Bloomberg has received increased scrutiny this week in response to a recently unearthed 2015 audio recording of him defending "stop-and-frisk," a policy he supported while serving as the New York City mayor. The policy gave New York police officers the authority to stop anyone they suspected of committing a crime without a warrant. Bloomberg reversed his support for the policing policy in November, shortly after joining the Democratic primary. He supported it in early 2019.