Biden blames Steyer for drop in South Carolina African American support

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE attributed his drop in African American support ahead of the South Carolina primary to billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE’s spending in the state in a Sunday interview on “Face the Nation.”

“What’s happening is you have Steyer spending millions of dollars out campaigning there, so I think a lot’s happening in terms of the amount of money being spent by billionaires to try to cut into the African American vote,” Biden told CBS’ Margaret Brennan.

When Brennan described South Carolina, the first primary state where African Americans are a major bloc of the electorate, as Biden’s “firewall,” the former vice president responded, “You said it’s my firewall, I’ve never said that. I’ve said I’m going to do well there.”

“You guys can do all the pontificating about what it means,” Biden said. “That’s not my job, my job is to go in and make the best I can, I think we’re going to do well, I think we’re going to go on to super Tuesday and do very well.”

Biden also doubled down on calling on Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) to disavow abusive supporters or those claiming to be supporters, which the Vermont senator has done on multiple occasions, saying “that’s Trump-like stuff.”

The former vice president went on to implicitly contrast himself with both President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and Sanders in the wake of reports that Russia had acted to intervene on the two candidates’ behalf.

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“The Russians don’t want me to be the nominee … no one’s helping me to try to clinch the nomination.”

Biden also claimed Facebook had alerted him to bot traffic attempting to spread misinformation about him.

 

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