Charles Barkley hammers Democrats who he suggests take black voters for granted and ‘only talk to black people every four years’
- The former NBA all-star told CNN and SiriusXM radio host Michael Smerconish that black Americans need to start holding Democrats accountable
- ‘They’ve been taking black people’s votes – and they only talk to black people every four years,’ Barkley said during the interview
- Barkley also said he doesn’t think everyone who voted for Donald Trump is racist, though he did say ‘I think some of them are’
- Barkley campaigned for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Alabama) in 2017, helping Jones become the first Democrat elected to the Senate in the state in 25 years
Retired NBA all-star Charles Barkley told SiriusXM radio host Michael Smerconish on Friday that Democrats only care about black voters every for years
In 2017, NBA and Auburn University legend Charles Barkley was campaigning on behalf of Doug Jones, the former civil rights attorney who went on to become the conservative state’s first Democrat to be elected to the U.S. Senate in 25 years.
‘I said “Doug, I’m going to support you. I’m going to try to get every black person in Alabama to vote for you.” And it worked out,’ the 56-year-old retired all-star-turned ‘Inside the NBA’ analyst told Michael Smerconish Friday on the CNN host’s SiriusXM radio show, according to Mediaite.
Barkley also recalled telling Jones at the time that the Democratic party needs to stop taking black voters for granted.
‘I said, “We need to start holding you Democrats accountable” because they’ve been taking black people’s votes – and they only talk to black people every four years,’ Barkley said. ‘All of these politicians only talk to black people every four years because they want their vote.’
African-American voters have played a central role in the 2020 campaign for both Democrats and Donald Trump.
Barkley campaigned for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Alabama) in 2017, helping Jones become the first Democrat elected to the Senate in the state in 25 years
After Jones won, Barkley said he told the senator that African Americans ‘need to start holding you Democrats accountable’
A picture of Barkley during his playing days with the Philadelphia 76ers
The president’s rhetoric on racial issues, support from overt racists and white supremacists, and repeated attacks on prominent black figures have stymied his attempts to win greater black support despite boasting an all-time low unemployment record for black Americans and supporting bipartisan criminal justice reform initiatives championed by black leaders.
Some black leaders have said Trump himself is a white nationalist or a white supremacist and that all his supporters are racists by default.
‘I think some of them are… but I don’t think everybody who voted for Trump [is] racist,’ he said.
This isn’t the first time Barkley has gone after Democrats this year.
In July, he attended the Democrat presidential candidate debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit Michigan where he said ‘every black person I know has always voted Democratic’ but all are ‘still poor’.
The former Phoenix Suns power forward said politicians from both parties ‘took black votes for granted’ and ‘especially the Democratic Party’ in particular is not doing enough for the poor.