The Biden campaign hasn’t gotten tested much thus far. It’s beginning to show. Between the podcasts from hell to the interview from hell, it’s clear that Sleepy Joe will need tons of help between now and Election Day. Forget about the national polls showing Biden leading Trump. Forget about the battleground polls that show Biden ahead. They aren’t junk polls but they aren’t predictive, either.

This article frightens the Biden campaign. That’s because of this information:

A new Quinnipiac poll shows that 81 percent of African-Americans support Biden. If that seems high, remember that Clinton won 88 percent of the black vote in 2016 and lost the election. African-American turnout was also down in 2016. In other words, Biden must turn out more black voters than did Hillary and win a larger percentage of their votes. Biden can’t win with 81 percent of a tepid African-American turnout, and his campaign knows it.

This is why the enthusiasm gap matters. In this instance, if President Trump gets 1 in 5 African-American voters and turnout is mediocre, that’ll turn into a Trump trounce of Biden. Whether Trump can pull that off remains to be seen. If Trump increases his percentage of the African-American vote from 8% in 2016 to 12% in 2020, then Trump gets re-elected easily.

Sunday morning, Charlamagne was asked on MSNBC if he believed that this was the Democratic attitude:

I know that’s the attitude. That’s why I don’t even care about the words and the lip service.… It has to come to the point where we stop putting the burden on black voters to show up for Democrats and start putting the burden on Democrats to show up for black voters.… They have to worry about voter depression, people staying home on Election Day because they just aren’t enthused by the candidate.… You can’t act like this is the most important election ever but run a campaign from your basement, not make some real policy commitments to the black community, and not listen to some of the demands that the black community is making.

Charlamagne doesn’t speak for the entire African-American community but he’s listened to by a big portion of the African-American community. At this point, Biden is light years away from locking down their enthusiastic support.

The Biden campaign isn’t ready for the African-American community making demands in exchange for their votes. Biden didn’t hide the fact that he thought his past record was sufficient. Charlamagne’s attitude was kinda a version of ‘what have you done for me lately?’ That isn’t what the Biden campaign is prepared for.

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