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Joe Biden Only Cares About Black People At Election Time

Jeff Katz
July 09, 2020 - 4:12 pm

Georgia state House Rep. Vernon Jones (D) ripped Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a recent op-ed, claiming Biden has "betrayed black Americans throughout his career in Washington."

Jones caused a stir in April when he endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection and doubled down on his support of the president in the op-ed, which was published by the Daily Caller on Tuesday.

"I am black and I am a Democrat. But 'I ain't' voting for Joe Biden this November," Jones wrote, referencing Biden's "you ain't black" comments to radio host Charlamagne Tha God in May.

Jones also zeroed in on issues particularly important to black voters, such as black unemployment and criminal justice reform, and said that Biden has failed miserably on both issues:

The black unemployment rate under Biden and the Obama administration averaged a horrific 12.8 percent. The number of black Americans in poverty barely fell during the Obama administration, going down by just 145,000 over eight years.

By comparison, more than double that number — 350,000 black Americans — were lifted out of poverty during just the first two years of the Trump administration.

He also blasted Biden for his support of "mass incarceration policies" and added that President Trump has worked to correct them:

Joe Biden is directly responsible for the mass incarceration policies of the 1980s and 1990s, which decimated the black community. Biden authored the 1994 crime bill which imposed mandatory minimum sentences, disproportionately putting hundreds of thousands of young black men in prison.

President Trump has worked to undo injustices within our criminal justice system. He signed the First Step Act, the first major reform to our criminal justice system in a decade. Thanks to the president's leadership on this issue, our criminal justice system is fairer and our communities are safer.