Charlamagne Tha God, aka Lenard Larry McKelvey to his family and close friends, has a reputation for two things: being a clown and a tough interviewer.
Lately, some have called his interviewing skills into question after his interview with Democratic nominee Joe Biden in which Biden said if blacks didn’t vote for him, then “they ain’t black.”
Some people took offense to what Biden said, although he would come back later to apologize. A few people in the African-American community were upset with Biden, but more are just as upset and puzzled by Charlamagne Tha God.
A lot of African-Americans weren’t that upset at all with what Biden said many shrugged it off as a bad joke on his part. But Charlamagne Tha God doesn’t want to seem to let it go.
It seems to many that Charlamagne Tha God wanted to catch Biden in a “gotcha you” moment and use it against him, and that is what is happening now.
Biden has been known to make gaffes in the past that he has had to explain later, that’s why many people have seemed to have blown this latest one-off, but not Charlamagne Tha God, he seems to want to use this interview to weaponize it against the candidate.
Sunday on MSNBC, Charlamagne Tha God said this about Biden:
“On top of possible Russian interference and voter suppression, [Democrats] have to worry about voter depression,” he said, “that’s people staying home on Election Day because they just aren’t enthused by the candidate.”
He added that Biden needed to make policy commitments towards the black community and put a black female as vice president on his ticket. Biden has already made his plans known for the black community on his website and has committed to picking a female running mate. One of the people who seems to be high on his list is California Senator Kamala Harris.
Candidates who have gone on Charlamagne Tha God’s show “The Breakfast Club ”, recently, haven’t fared well afterward.
Not too long after her appearance on the show, Kamala Harris had to drop out of the race, and Hillary Clinton did not win the presidential election. To a lot of people, both came off as pandering and disingenuous, which may have hurt their chances of winning.
So the question is, should candidates even appear on his show at all? On the one hand, Charlamagne Tha God seems to be the voice of a lot of young African-American voters; however, what exactly are his motives?
Is it to be the voice of the voiceless or hurt Democrats’ chances in elections? This interview may not have only hurt Joe Biden, but it may have hurt Charlamagne Tha God too, and candidates may not be willing to risk their candidacy just to appear on his show.