Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs told the Rev. Al Sharpton on his MSNBC show Sunday that black voters “got a little bit shortchanged” by President Obama.
“My number one thing, though, to be honest, is black people,” Combs said. “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.”
Diddy also suggested that Hillary Clinton must prove herself to Black voters, even with her wide lead among African-Americans over GOP opponent Donald Trump. Clinton has spent many Sundays visiting black churches and made gun violence and police shootings a platform of her campaign through talks with African-American mothers whose children were killed.
“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.”
Diddy, an Obama supporter who also donated money to Clinton’s New York Senate race, 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.”