Diddy has a message for former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump about the November presidential election: the black vote is not for free, and it is time to show some receipts.
The man, who pushed the “Vote or Die” campaign in 2004 to help elect then-Democratic candidate John Kerry, shared during a conversation with supermodel Naomi Campbell: “The Black vote is not going to be for free. We’re going to have to see some promises. What are we getting in return for our vote? 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.”
He continued with: “It’s business at this point. We can’t trick politicians. So 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 wants to change the lives and quality of life for Black and brown people or he won’t get the vote. I will hold the vote hostage if I have to.”
THE BLACK VOTE WILL NOT BE FREE THIS YEAR.
— Diddy (@Diddy) April 29, 2020
While he might have had good intentions, many people did not take his comments well, especially in light of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic that made over 61,000 victims in the country so far.
A critic replied to Diddy’s statement and shared: “Irresponsible message to send from Puffs platform, and It’s too late for that. Should’ve discussed this during the primaries. Holding the vote is ultimately giving your vote to Trump and what change is that going to bring.”
Another person, who did not like what the Bad Boy Records founder said, hit him with some wise words: “Leverage and we be right here with Donnie again. You need to vote, and you need to vote for Biden. That’s the only option. Not voting is idiotic cus his people will still come out, and that’s just that.”
A third voter added: “Sooo we hold our vote and let them re-elect trump?!?! Is that wtf I’m hearing?!?!”
A fourth comment read: “Okay, but we have to vote 🤷♀️ it’s our future and our children’s future, so although we may not like every policy from a candidate, anyone is better than Trump.”
Some commenters did agree with what Diddy said like this person, who revealed: “This the new wave. We (the new generation) ARENT voting out of tradition or fear anymore. That’s dead. My ancestor didn’t die for us to be putting any and EVERYBODY in office.”
Diddy said nice things about Trump in 2015, and there is no record of him doing the same with Biden.