Joe Biden just secured the endorsement of Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) a few days out from the South Carolina primary. And he's often touted his black support in the South. But some minority voters believe he's a little too cocky about it and relying a little too much on his friend President Obama, with whom he served with for eight years as vice president.
WATCH: A South Carolina Dem voter on Joe Biden:— America Rising (@AmericaRising) February 26, 2020
"I think Biden feels that blacks are going to vote for him just because of Obama.
He thinks that's a given. We don't all think alike. So don't put us in a box. I feel like that's what Biden is doing to blacks in South Carolina." pic.twitter.com/G2C1Fd7vSI
"I think Biden feels that blacks are going to vote for him just because of Obama," said South Carolina Democrat Alex Belk on CNN this week. "He thinks that's a given. We don't all think alike. So don't put us in a box. I feel like that's what Biden is doing to blacks in South Carolina."
Biden pledged to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court if he's elected president.
“I'm looking forward to making sure there's a black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure we in fact get everyone represented,” he said at Tuesday night's debate.
Again, voters accused him of pandering to the key demographic.
I need us not to care about Biden talking about a black woman on SCOTUS because it is so vibrantly pandering and I am so tired.— Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd) February 26, 2020
Other black voters share these sentiments, as they witness the candidates bending over backward to pander. As one Pete Buttigieg voter admitted to me at his Arlington, VA town hall last weekend, the former mayor's visit to a South Carolina church that morning was the epitome of pandering.
"I saw the choir in the background and they looked so bored, and they could tell, ‘okay it’s our turn for this white guy,’" she noted.