Vice President-elect Joe Biden may not be able to penetrate the “MAGA wall” of support for President Donald Trump in the Republican stronghold of South Carolina when he takes office, according to Rep. James Clyburn, a prominent member of the Democratic Party.
In an interview on the national news program, CBS This Morning, on Sunday, Clyburn said Biden has a tough road ahead in winning over Trump’s voters in the red state. “There’s definitely a ‘Maga wall’ in South Carolina,” he said. “People have come to think that the president is the savior, and that those of us who oppose him are the enemy.”
Clyburn, who is the majority whip of the House of Representatives, encouraged Biden to focus on economic issues as a way to reach Trump voters in South Carolina. “If we don’t do something to create some jobs, and to give real hope to the people who’ve been begging for this presidential administration to do something for them, then we are going to have to go around this ‘Maga wall’ that we have built up,” Clyburn cautioned.
Clyburn also pointed out that Biden will need to appeal to moderate Republicans in the state, as well as those who may have voted for Trump because they felt scared by the Obama administration. Biden, he said, must outline a vision for economic growth and opportunity that will appeal to those voters.
The vice president-elect has already made it clear that he is serious about uniting the country through his emphasis on bringing people together. He recently announced the formation of a bipartisan commission to explore “ways to promote healing and unity in the wake of the 2020 election.”
The panel is composed of Democrats and Republicans and will focus on fostering an atmosphere of civil discourse and understanding. Biden has also promised to be a president for all Americans and to address the needs of struggling communities.
Despite the optimistic message of Biden, Clyburn warned of the difficulty of overcoming the “MAGA wall” of support that still exists in South Carolina. However, he is confident that Biden’s focus on economic progress and his commitment to unity can help bring the state together.