While trying to persuade a core constituency that he is deserving of their support this November, President Joe Biden took his presidential bully pulpit to St. John Baptist Church on Sunday, quoting scripture and praising the Black American church.
By “give us a mountaintop,” Biden meant black churches. A land that you have promised us. A vision and the assurance that we can achieve it are gifts from you. You truly do encourage us to strive for a better marriage. To work together, we can shape a moral cosmos that is more just. What a blessing you have been to our country and to the entire globe.
Having spent the weekend in South Carolina with some of his most devoted supporters, Vice President Biden is currently facing a number of challenges, including persistently low polling, campaign interruptions from disgruntled party members over his handling of the Israel-Gaza conflict, and the lingering effects of his predecessor’s stranglehold on congressional negotiations.
Next Saturday’s primary, the first official Democratic contest, will be a critical litmus test for Biden with the Black voters who swung his 2020 primary campaign and helped propel him to victory nationwide that November. South Carolina won’t be a competitive state for Democrats in November, but.
However, there are indications that backing is dwindling: The New York Times reports that black pastors have been vocalising the need for a Gaza ceasefire, a sentiment shared by some of the protesters Biden has heard at his campaign rallies. According to an informed source, advisors to Biden have just met with Black pastors who are worried about the possibility of a truce. There has been a decline in support for the president among Black voters, especially Black men, according to polls conducted in crucial battleground states.
The campaign’s realisation that it cannot afford to lose support from Black voters is demonstrated by Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ frequent trips to South Carolina in recent weeks.
During his two days in Columbia, Biden visited churches and a barber shop to reach out to the varied demographic of the state. He also unveiled a more nuanced general election argument against Trump, his predecessor, whom he consistently portrayed as a “loser.”
During his speech at a dinner honouring the state’s first-in-the-nation primary on Saturday night, the president launched into a tirade against Trump, comparing the economic situation, the pandemic, and the treatment of US veterans to the anarchy experienced by the previous administration.
According to Biden, “the reason I am president” is the support of South Carolina’s voters. Thanks to you, Kamala Harris is now the first female vice president in American history. You are the one to blame for Donald Trump’s failure as president and his overall lack of success. Moreover, you are the driving force behind our victory and our ability to defeat him once more,” to thunderous applause.
While outlining the “sacred obligation” to support American troops, Biden claimed he “(looks) at veterans completely differently than Donald Trump.”
During his time as commander in chief, Donald Trump disdained visiting a cemetery outside of Paris that was dedicated to American soldiers who had died in battle. He even went so far as to call those brave people “suckers and losers.” It was his exact words. How could he possibly say that? Biden emphasised his point by speaking more loudly.
I refer to them as heroes and patriots. To a standing ovation, he declared, “In my opinion, Donald Trump is the only one who has lost.”
Despite pointing to signs of economic growth, especially for minority groups, Biden brought up Trump’s recent statements about how he hopes the economy will fall within the next year.
Biden criticised Trump’s actions, calling them “un-American” and “it’s unbelievable.” He added that Trump is aware of the robust and improving state of the economy. Even while it’s good for the country, he understands it will hurt his political career.
That “has grown more in the past six months… than Trump’s entire four years in office” was Biden’s appraisal of the economy.
Biden went so far as to call a second term for Trump a “nightmare.”
I want you to picture the nightmare that would ensue if Trump were to reenter the presidency. It’s true. “You know what is likely to come” because of the catastrophe he caused while in power, he warned, adding that “Trump and his MAGA friends” will try to roll back the Affordable Care Act, cut Social Security, and “take away your freedoms.”
While introducing the president on Saturday night, Biden ally and South Carolina representative Jim Clyburn claimed that the vice president had been directly responsible for improvements that benefited communities of colour. Clyburn cited repairs to major highways, a decrease in the cost of insulin, and relief from student loan debt as examples.
The president possesses sympathy, according to Clyburn. “Joe Biden is a fighter.”
This past weekend’s campaign stop demonstrated how much ground Biden must cover to spread his message before November. As part of its early advertising investment, his campaign is attempting to organise grassroots efforts and target certain communities, including Black ones, with tailored messages.
African-Americans who cast ballots, Jonnieka Farr, a resident of South Carolina, said HEADLINESFOREVER that there is no doubt that everything will unfold. You also shouldn’t assume anything based on our vote.