On Sunday, Sean “Diddy” Combs told Rev. Al Sharpton that as far as he’s concerned, his support for Hillary Clinton is not in the bag. He then went on to say that Clinton has to prove herself before she gets the African-American vote since “[blacks] got a little bit shortchanged” by President Obama.
“My number one thing, though, to be honest, is black people,” the entertainment mogul told Al Sharpton on his MSNBC show “Politics Nation.” He added: “I feel like we put President Obama in the White House. When I look back, I just wanted more done for my people because that’s the name of the game.
“This is politics. You put somebody in office you get in return the things that you care about for your communities. I think we got a little bit shortchanged. That’s not knocking the president. …He’s done an excellent job, you know, but I think it’s time to turn up the heat because the black vote is going to decide who is the next president of the United States.”
Despite Clinton’s many Sundays visiting black churches and making gun violence and police shootings a platform of her campaign through talks with African mothers whose children were killed, Combs – who recently opened a charter school in Harlem – isn’t impressed. Or maybe he didn’t know since he’s also asserting that that’s what she needs to do.
“Hillary Clinton, you know, I hope she starts to directly talk to the black community. … It really makes me feel, you know, almost hurt that our issues are not addressed and we’re such a big part of the voting bloc.”
Even though he’s blasting Obama, whom he supported, also donated money to Clinton’s New York Senate race. He said it’s time for black voters to get something in return for their political support.
“The heat has to be turned up so much that as a community we got to hold our vote,” Diddy said. “Don’t pacify yourself, really revolutionize the game. Make them come for our vote. It’s a whole different strategy but I think we need to hold our vote because I don’t believe any of them.”
“That’s a big announcement,” Sharpton marveled.
“You can get the vote. It doesn’t have to be held that long. But you have to come get it. …You have to bring something with it.”
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