Sean “Diddy” Combs sat with Al Sharpton to discuss the new charter school he opened in Harlem and share his opinion on Barack Obama’s presidency and Black voting strategy for the upcoming election. Overall, he had some pretty harsh criticisms of Barack Obama’s presidency.
“My number one thing, to be honest, is black people — 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,” he said.
“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,” Diddy continued. “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.”
The rapper-turned media mogul continued to stress the need for the black community to “hold our vote.”
“The heat has to be turned up so much that as a community, we’ve got to hold our vote,” Diddy told the Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC Sunday. “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.”
It is not certain what, precisely, “hold our vote” means to the media mogul, who also addressed Hillary Clinton in that same interview, but failed to make any comments about Donald Trump.
“Hillary Clinton, you know, I hope she starts to talk directly 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,” he said.
The absence of any criticism of Trump is particularly troubling after, In an interview last October, P. Diddy told The Washington Post that GOP nominee Donald Trump “is a friend of mine, and he works very hard.”
Is it possible that Sean “Diddy” Combs is trying to get Black voters to not back Hillary, making a Trump presidency more likely? Or maybe the absence of any criticism of Trump means he doesn’t even see him as a potential candidate, anyways? Do you think Black people were shortchanged by Obama?
Let us know what you think in the comments.