Biden Courts Minority, Union Voters in Nevada

Votes in the Silver State are expected to play key roles in the expected rematch between Biden and Trump later this year.

LAS VEGAS—President Joe Biden is clearly aiming at bolstering his support among blacks, Latinos, and union workers in the key swing state of Nevada.

At a time when polls suggest his support is lagging among minority voters, about 400 people—many of them representing those groups—enthusiastically cheered and applauded for President Biden as he delivered a 30-minute speech on Feb. 4.

The president urged the crowd to cast votes for him in the Democrat primary on Feb. 6. But he faces no formidable party challenger, making that contest largely a symbolic one.

So President Biden took aim at his presumed Republican opponent, former President Donald Trump.

“You all are the reason why I’m president of the United States of America,” President Biden told rally attendees, some of whom wore T-shirts bearing union logos.

“You’re the reason Donald Trump is a former president … and you’re the reason we’ll make Donald Trump a loser again!”

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In 2020, then-candidate Joe Biden won Nevada by less than 3 percent. President Trump has been trying to flip the Silver State into his column.

At the same time, independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. aims to grab votes from each of them.

Blacks, Hispanics, and union workers make up constituencies that President Trump and President Biden have both been courting more extensively as the expected rematch between them has become increasingly likely.

Those groups could help determine which candidate wins Nevada’s six Electoral College votes. Although that doesn’t seem to count much toward the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, even a small number of electoral votes can make the difference between victory and defeat in a tight race.

On Feb. 4, President Biden appeared in a predominantly black neighborhood in Las Vegas’ historic West Side.

The area is emblematic of black entrepreneurship, Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), explained before the president took the stage at the Pearson Community Center.

Mr. Horsford said he was born near that site on the West Side, so he knows the area’s “storied history” well.

In the 1950s, as the famous Las Vegas Strip was in its infancy, “most of the black people who had moved here came experiencing the vestiges of segregation that they fled in the South,” he said.

“In response, the West Side coalesced and created its own business quarter on Jackson Street, just a few miles from where we are now,” Mr. Horsford told the audience.

The area became the cradle of black-owned casinos, hotels, and social clubs that formed the “West Side Strip.”

“The historic West Side was also known for hard-working people and public servants, teachers and pastors, the first black doctors and, of course, business owners,” Mr. Horsford said.

He urged the audience to reelect President Biden, whom he trusts to preserve and advance that legacy.

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) fires up the crowd on behalf of Democrat President Joe Biden at a pre-primary campaign stop at the Pearson Community Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 4, 2024. (Janice Hisle/The Epoch Times)
Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) fires up the crowd on behalf of Democrat President Joe Biden at a pre-primary campaign stop at the Pearson Community Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 4, 2024. (Janice Hisle/The Epoch Times)

Biden Credited for Boosting Minorities

Magnolia Magat, co-owner of Truffles N Bacon Cafe, which serves American-Filipino fare, offered a testimonial.

She lauded President Biden for supporting small businesses like hers. She said he ensured that they received funding to keep them afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, noting that her business has expanded dramatically.

“President Biden stood with us,” Ms. Magat said, adding, ”President Biden has always been a champion of small businesses like Truffles N Bacon.”

During his remarks, President Biden took credit for providing incentives to black and Latino small businesses, helping them to grow faster than they have in many years.

The president also said he had kept his promises to appoint minorities to important roles.

He appointed the first black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. He also said he “appointed more black women to the federal courts of appeal than every other president in American history combined.”

For example, among 175 federal judges confirmed under the Biden administration, two-thirds of them are “people of color,” President Biden said.

Carolyn Salvador Avila, who is Hispanic, praised President Biden during a speech that preceded his remarks.

Ms. Avila is a University of Nevada Las Vegas student who serves as national president of the College Democrats of America.

“Trump’s record couldn’t be more different from our president [Biden] who fights for Latinos and for young people across the country, isn’t that right?” she asked. The audience cheered its approval.

“Donald Trump spent his time in the White House attacking us,” Ms. Avila said, decrying the Trump tax cuts that she argues benefited the rich “instead of working families in our community.”

‘Right to Choose’ A Hot Topic

Abortion was also a big issue that Ms. Avila, President Biden, and others addressed at the event.

“He [Trump] helped overturn Roe v. Wade and jeopardize rights of all women. That’s not right,” said Ms. Avila, as the audience booed.

Roe v. Wade was a landmark court decision that declared most abortions legal. But under President Trump’s administration, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned that decision, sending abortion-regulating authority back to the individual 50 states.

“Thank you, Joe—Joe Biden and [Vice President] Kamala Harris—for standing up to protect the right to choose, the right for a woman to protect her body,” Ms. Avila said.

President Biden chided President Trump for “bragging about overturning another basic freedom … a woman’s right to choose,” referring to abortion.

Trump-appointed justices played a pivotal role in the 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson decision that reversed Roe v. Wade. He has taken credit for that ruling, calling it a victory for the pro-life movement.

Democrats have been pushing back since then. But some Republicans have advocated a national abortion ban. If Congress were to approve such a measure, President Biden declared: “I will veto it.”

The audience applauded and cheered loudly after he said that. The crowd also responded with enthusiasm when he vowed: “I’m gonna bring back Roe v. Wade.”

That would be possible, President Biden said, if Democrats can win enough seats to dominate both houses of Congress.

Jobs Touted, Border Avoided

In a nod to the union workers who were present at the campaign event, President Biden also touted his support of their causes and his job-creation efforts.

He asserted that his administration fueled the creation of about 15 million new jobs, a figure that critics say is artificially inflated. They say employers were forced to eliminate many jobs during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020-21, so the “new” jobs are just replacing those that were lost.

During his speech, President Biden made no mention of the U.S.–Mexico border crisis, a top issue in the 2024 presidential campaign.

A trucker convoy driving from Virginia to Texas holds a rally in the afternoon on Feb. 1, 2024, before setting off for their final destination near Eagle Pass, where they will gather for a rally to demand an end to illegal migration across the U.S.–Mexico border. (Reuters/Screenshot via NTD)
A trucker convoy driving from Virginia to Texas holds a rally in the afternoon on Feb. 1, 2024, before setting off for their final destination near Eagle Pass, where they will gather for a rally to demand an end to illegal migration across the U.S.–Mexico border. (Reuters/Screenshot via NTD)

But President Trump says no such deal is needed. He points to data showing that illegal border crossings dropped during his presidency, which he says is a result of a crackdown he implemented by using existing presidential powers.

President Biden repeated his claim that President Trump is putting democracy at risk with some of his actions, including “refusing to accept the results of a legitimate election.”

President Trump and many of his supporters say they believe that they believe President Biden won the presidency via a “stolen” or “rigged” election in 2020.

They also counter that President Biden and his Democrat allies are the ones who are threatening democracy by working with Big Tech to censor Americans’ free speech and prosecuting their political foes including President Trump.

He faces 91 criminal charges; other Americans have also been unfairly targeted, he has alleged.

President Biden, who has distanced himself from those prosecutions but says they seem to be justified, said voters should reject “the nightmare of Donald Trump.”

Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said that President Biden “has been a nightmare for this country in just three short years in the White House.”

“No amount of gaslighting will make Americans forget about all the misery and destruction he has brought,” he told The Associated Press.

President Trump has asserted that the economy was better under his policies and that Americans enjoyed lower prices for groceries, gasoline, and other essentials.

But President Biden has touted “Bidenomics,” saying his policies created jobs and helped the nation rebound from the pandemic.

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