President Barack Obama has seemingly lost the support of a once-staunch advocate, and while that doesn’t look good for him, it could actually prove to be more damaging in the long run to Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Obama was recently called out for failing the black community by highly successful rap artist turned music industry mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs, aka Puff Daddy or P. Diddy.
While speaking with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, the hip-hop star said he felt that black Americans “got a little bit short-changed” by Obama’s presidency.
“My number one thing, though, to be honest, is black people,” said Combs. “I feel like (the black community) put President Obama in the White House. When I look back, I just wanted more done for my people.
“Because that’s the name of the game, this is politics,” he continued. “You put somebody in office you get in return the things that you care about for your communities. I think we got a little bit shortchanged.
“That’s not knocking the president,” he quickly added. “He’s done an excellent job, you know, but I think it’s time to turn up the heat because the black vote is going to decide who is the next president of the United States.”
Combs then turned his attention to Obama’s would-be successor, essentially placing Clinton on notice that she had more work to do and shouldn’t take the black vote for granted as most Democrats do.
“Hillary Clinton, you know, I hope she starts to directly talk to the black community,” he said. “It really makes me feel, you know, almost hurt that our issues are not addressed and we’re such a big part of the voting bloc.”
“The heat has to be turned up so much that as a community we got to hold our vote,” Combs continued. “Don’t pacify yourself, really revolutionize the game. Make them come for our vote. It’s a whole different strategy but I think we need to hold our vote because I don’t believe any of them.”
“You can get the vote. It doesn’t have to be held that long. But you have to come get it. You have to bring something with it,” he added.
To be sure, it is highly unlikely that Combs will be casting a vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in November, but his thinly veiled warning to Clinton made it clear that the black vote is, for all intents and purposes, up for grabs and not simply hers for the taking.
Hopefully, those members of the black community still influenced by Combs will follow his lead and withhold their automatic vote for Clinton, perhaps even giving Trump a listen and a chance in the meantime.
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