Obama Says White House Trying ‘To Keep People From Voting’ in New Biden Campaign Ads

Barack Obama has claimed that the White House is “working to keep people from voting,”

Barack Obama has claimed that the White House is “working to keep people from voting,” in one of two new adverts for the Joe Biden presidential campaign that encourage Black people to exercise their power at the ballot box.

The videos, the other featuring vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, will be featured on popular Black entertainment news sites The Shade Room and The Young, Black, and Fabulous. They ask Black voters to make a plan of where and when to vote.

“Hey, roommates, Barack Obama here. Yes, coming to you from The Shade Room. As you know the election is coming up and I’ve got just one word for you: vote,” the former president says.

“Actually, I’ve got two: vote early. Right now, from the White House on down, folks are working to keep people from voting, especially communities of color.”

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Obama moves on to say that this is “because there is a lot at stake in this election,” mentioning the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice and “our democracy itself.” He encourages those watching to make a plan to vote early and to tell friends and family to do the same.

The video with vice presidential nominee Harris also starts out with her introducing herself. She then says: “We are coming down to the wire in this election and we know it’s all on the line. Everything from women’s health to our jobs, from black businesses to the quality of our schools and our communities.”

“To make progress in all the ways that matter to us and the ones we love,” Harris says, “we must vote, and we must vote early.”

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She carries on to say that this year, it is “easier and more convenient to make your voice heard on your schedule,” encouraging those who are voting in person to pick a day to go to the polls.

If they are voting by mail, she asks you to get your ballot as soon as possible, either by mailing it in or handing it in person. Harris, like Obama, tells viewers to encourage their friends and family to make a plan to vote as well.

The Shade Room, an Instagram-focused platform founded by Angelica Nwandu in 2014, counts more than 20 million followers on the social media platform.

Meanwhile, the Young, Black and Fabulous website, focused on Black celebrity gossip, was started in 2005 by Natasha Eubanks.

Both platforms have also pivoted to covering racial justice and injustice issues as well as the upcoming election.

A Washington Post-Ipsos poll from June showed that 92 percent of Black registered voters supported Biden over President Donald Trump.

A more recent survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal/NBC News between September 13 -16 found Biden leading Trump among Black voters by 90 percent to 5 percent.

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Former President Barack Obama gives the eulogy at the funeral service for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) at Ebenezer Baptist Church on July 30, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. In a new video for the Biden campaign, Obama has urged Black people to vote and do so early.
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