Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill Biden, speaks at a primary election night campaign rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
On Wednesday, Scott Adams, the creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip and a bestselling author, posted a tweet acknowledging the role of black voters in ensuring that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) doesn’t have an easy path to securing the Democratic nomination for the presidency. By resurrecting former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign in South Carolina and helping to propel him to victory on Super Tuesday, black voters have given Biden a fighting chance at defeating Sanders.
Adams, who entered the political stage by being one of the first to support then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016, tweeted: “I would like to thank black voters for protecting the United States from Bernie Sanders. Nicely done.”
I would like to thank black voters for protecting the United States from Bernie Sanders. Nicely done.
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) March 4, 2020
Later in the day, Adams expounded on this sentiment when he recorded his livestream and podcast “Coffee With Scott Adams.” During the episode, he repeated his statement thanking black voters for saving the country from the senator and his “disastrous social policies.” He continued, acknowledging that during the South Carolina primaries and Super Tuesday, “A lot of black voters were voting against transferring money from other people to themselves.”
Biden won 61% of the black vote in the South Carolina primaries — about 50 points higher than Sanders. According to NPR, the former Vice President won about 7 in 10 black voters in Alabama and Virginia. He won more than 50% of black voters in Tennessee and North Carolina. In Texas, he received about 60% of black votes.
It’s worth noting that the race for the Democratic nomination is not over — so Adams could be premature in his gratitude. Even still, the fact remains that black voters were instrumental in challenging the far-left socialist who seeks to occupy the Oval Office. He is also correct in his assessment that blacks are rejecting candidates that would undoubtedly work to transfer wealth from other Americans to impact blacks and other minorities. It flies in the face of the “Blacks only vote Democrat to get free stuff” narrative.
Of course, this isn’t to say that Biden isn’t on the left — he clearly is — but the notion that he would enact policies as radical as Sanders or even Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is clearly untrue. In fact, it was white, Hispanic, and Asian voters who were more likely to support an extreme Marxist candidate in the primaries.
A recent Pew Research Study revealed that the majority of black voters identify as “moderate” or “conservative.” Another poll, conducted by BlackPac showed that while black Americans still support the Democrats, they are starting to sour on the party. In fact, the survey revealed that one-third of black voters wished that “someone else” would enter the race and roughly 12% indicated that they would vote for President Trump. Put simply, black Americans are not rabid socialists.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — the GOP has an opportunity to begin making inroads with black voters if they play their cards right. If Trump manages to increase his numbers with black voters, it will be for two reasons: He got results, and he actually reached out to the black community. The rest of the party would be wise to follow suit.
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