President Barack Obama admitted Wednesday that black voters aren’t turning out for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
“I’m going to be honest with you right now, because we track, we’ve got early voting, we’ve got all kinds of metrics to see what’s going on, and right now, the Latino vote is up. Overall vote is up. But the African-American vote right now is not as solid as it needs to be,” Obama said during the interview.
“I know that a lot of people in the barber shops and the beauty salons and, you know, in the neighborhoods who are saying to themselves, ‘well you know, we love Barack. We especially love Michelle. And so it was exciting and now we’re not excited as much,’” the president said.
“You know what, I need everybody to understand that everything we’ve done is dependent on me being able to pass the baton to somebody who believes in the same things that I believe in. So if you really care about my presidency and what we’ve accomplished, then you are going to go and vote.”
Obama told listeners that Republican nominee Donald Trump has only one agenda: to reverse “everything I’ve done over the last eight years, everything Michelle’s done over the last eight years.” Obama told black voters to expect cuts to Medicaid, Pell grants, and historically black colleges should Trump get elected.
Obama went on several late night shows, visiting Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee over the course of the last week. Obama’s last ditch effort to get out the vote hasn’t had much effect in early voting, at least not yet, as Republicans increased their lead in early voting in the key swing state of Florida.
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