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Rachel Rosenthal

Biden Is Caught Between Big Tech and Black Voters

Tech companies want more temporary foreign workers. Underrepresented domestic Black tech graduates want better jobs. As midterm elections loom, the economic agendas of two of the president’s biggest backers are increasingly at odds.

Needed: more, and better, tech jobs.

Needed: more, and better, tech jobs.

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Joseph Biden couldn’t have beaten Donald Trump in 2020 without the support of Big Tech and Black voters. Donations from Silicon Valley employees and political action committees gave the former vice president a critical cash advantage in the final scramble to election day, while Black voter turnout tipped the balance in key states such as Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania. “When this campaign was at its lowest — the African-American community stood up again for me,” Biden said in his acceptance speech. “They always have my back, and I’ll have yours.”

Now, facing a host of intractable domestic and foreign crises, from rising inflation and a persisting pandemic to escalating Russian aggression and Chinese strategic competition, Biden risks seeing his falling poll numbers translate into the loss of the Democratic Party’s tenuous control of Congress.