Maryland Republican congressional nominee Kim Klacik, appeared on the first night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) and targeted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for thinking that Democrats are guaranteed the African American vote.
“Joe Biden believes we can’t think for ourselves—that the color of someone’s skin dictates their political views. We’re not buying the lies anymore—you and your party have ignored us for too long,” Klacik said.
Klacik is competing for Baltimore City, Maryland, a district that has been governed by Democrats for the past 50 years. In her campaign video that went viral, Klacik shows how the city is falling apart, empty buildings, drugs and alcohol on every block, guns on the streets, and unemployment despite high taxes.
“The days of blindly supporting the Democrats are coming to an end,” Klacik said.
Klacik’s comments pointed to references made by Biden on at least two occasions to the existence of widespread thinking that the black community in America has to vote Democrat.
On a popular YouTube channel, “The Breakfast Club,” Joe Biden said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” USA Today reported.
Biden had to apologize for his remarks because of the widespread rejection he generated, “I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African American vote for granted. But nothing could be further [from] the truth,” Biden said, according to Politico.
According to Carol Swain in a video for Prager U, historically the Democratic Party has been the party that tried to perpetuate slavery, as well as block attempts to give civil rights to the black community, and founded the Ku Klux Klan. But due to misinformation in recent times, these characteristics have been imposed on the Republican Party, which may explain why African Americans vote for the Democrats.
President Trump’s economic strategy has greatly benefited the black community, which before the pandemic had only 5.4% unemployment, according to White House statistics.
“That’s what President Trump has promised, and that’s what President Trump has delivered,” Klacik said in her speech encouraging black people to vote for president Trump in Nov. 3.