‘I Shouldn’t Have Said It’: Biden Pressed on His ‘You Ain’t Black’ Comments

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is admitting that he should not have told Black voters, who are not sure if they were going to vote for him or President Donald Trump, that they “ain’t black.”

In his first interview with his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), since the Democratic National Convention, Biden was asked about the controversial remark by ABC News’ Robin Roberts.

“I shouldn’t have said it,” Biden said, adding, “But, the truth is, there’s a fundamental difference between Donald Trump and me on the issue of race across the board.”

“I was trying to make the point that this is a man who spent his entire career denigrating African Americans. Denigrating them, continuing to denigrate them. To do nothing but go after race and inflame it. Pour, you know, gasoline on the fire,” he added.

Finally, Biden said, “I wouldn’t be here without the African American community.”

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Harris said that she has had conversations with Biden about race-relations, and she believes he would say “Black Lives Matter” as president. 

“Joe speaks the words and actually knows how to say the words’ Black Lives Matter.’ Contrary to what … the current president of the United States does, which is to sow hate and division full time, [he] has never spoken those words and will never speak the words’ Black Lives Matter.”

“He has been outspoken on those issues and, and continues to talk about disparities, and I know where his heart is. I know where his heart is,” she added.

Biden drew criticism in May over remarks he made during an appearance on the New York City radio show “The Breakfast Club.”

As the interview was ending, Biden said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

“Take a look at my record, man. I extended the Voting Rights Act 25 years. I have a record that is second-to-none. The NAACP’s endorsed me every time I’ve run. I mean, come on. Take a look at the record,” he added.

Biden later said, “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”

“I don’t think so, and I’m prepared to put my record against his, that was the bottom line, and it was really unfortunate, I shouldn’t have been so cavalier,” he added. 

Responses

  1. People sometimes say things they normally wouldn’t in the heat of the moment. Trump says much more offense things as a norm. I’m not looking for a perfect president…He’s human. But Biden has compassion and a heart. I’m pretty convinced trumps heart is black. I never thought I’d say this about any American president but trump is pure EVIL…

  2. Eh… the messaging around Biden and race are not great right now…

    Biden and Trump putting their foot in their mouths when talking about race is relatable to white Americans because everyone does it. Trump doesn’t care and he leans in to that with his base. Biden just needs to show he is willing to listen and willing to make adjustments.

    Its also how Harris should handle her questions on debate topics with Biden – which she is not doing well answering. How hard is it to say, “After a healthy discussion, Biden has proven to me a willingness to not only given black people and other minorities a seat at the table, but to also ask them for solutions in the discussion.”

    Its how Republicans were able to walk back all the horrible things they said about Trump: they just got to know him better.

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