In an interview on Naomi Campbell’s web series No Filter with Naomi, Diddy said Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, will need to earn his vote or that of the black community in the polls.
“The black vote is not going to be free,” he stressed, adding, “Nothing has changed for Black America. In order for us to vote for Joe Biden, we can’t be taken for granted like we always are because we’re supposed to be Democrats or because people are afraid of Trump.”
“It’s business at this point. You know, we can’t trust politicians.”
Diddy, a longtime advocate for blacks, further added that Biden hasn’t outlined his agenda for black voters, unlike Trump who made his agenda very clear despite how worrying they were.
“We want to know very clearly. Just like Trump made it clear that he wanted to build a wall, Biden needs to make it clear that he’s gonna change the lives and quality of life of black and brown people,” Diddy said.
— Diddy (@Diddy) April 29, 2020
“Or else he can’t get the vote. I will hold the vote hostage if I have to,” he threatened.
Diddy’s comments come after several high profile Americans endorsed Biden, including former president, Barack Obama, John Lewis, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass, Sen Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, and Stacy Abrams.
Diddy’s comment was met with mixed feelings.
His colleague, actor Jamie Fox, also waded into the conversation. In a response, Fox stated that the values of the person are more important than the message of the person.
“There is no way that anyone can live up to what we think should be a candidate because we want perfection,” he wrote.
“What I suggest is that if we really want to change course it’s about getting behind the values… not the person… the other side won because they wanted legislation,” his post continued.