CNN host Phil Mattingly admitted Friday that his jaw “literally dropped” after hearing a young black voter admit that he doesn’t know if he will vote for President Joe Biden in 2024.
CNN anchor John King recently traveled to Milwaukee where he gauged the pulse of the black community there. What he discovered, according to him, is a “giant problem” for Biden’s re-election hopes.
One Milwaukee voter, Davette Bake, told King that he “love[s] Joe” but graded Biden’s presidency a four on a scale of 1 to 10. Another voter, Joanna Brookes, expressed concern that the Democratic Party takes black people for granted.
“Black voters in general, I think, tend to be pretty loyal to the Democratic Party. And sometimes I wonder, just based on how that party has performed thus far for people of color, if we should continue to be,” Brookes vented.
And then King spoke with Devonta Johnson, a canvasser for Black Leaders Organizing for Communities.
King asked Johnson, “If you’re Joe Biden and you want to be re-elected, he’d have a problem today, right?”
“Yes, he would. He would have a big problem,” Johnson admitted.
As a follow-up, King asked Johnson who he will vote for: Biden or Donald Trump. “That’s a — that’s just a tough one,” Johnson responded.
When the report concluded, King put into perspective the significance of what he learned in Milwaukee.
“Just stunning, that young man there, ‘I don’t know who I’m going to vote for.’ A young black man in Milwaukee who is actually part of this activist community,” he said. “Then you have the older black women answering the door saying, ‘Yeah, people died for my right to vote, but I’m not sure I’m going to vote because I’m so disaffected and disenchanted.'”
That’s when Mattingly expressed his disbelief over Johnson’s brutal honesty.
“My jaw literally dropped at the end of that piece when he didn’t say who he was going to vote for. A 21-year-old young black man in the activist community doesn’t know,” the CNN anchor said.
King answered, “Because he looks at Washington and says, ‘What are they doing that’s relevant to my life? Nothing.'”