On Saturday, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden apologetically stated that he should not have been so “cavalier” the day earlier when saying African Americans considering voting for President Donald Trump “ain’t black.”
“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. No one should have to vote for any party based on their race or religion or background,” Biden said during a call with the United States Black Chamber of Commerce.
Biden also added that he would never “take the African American community for granted.”
The Friday interview was hosted on “The Breakfast Club,” a radio program that is popular in the black community. It was during the call that Biden said, “If you’ve got a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t black.”
The comment sparked criticism from various directions. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott who is also a Trump supporter stated, “I was struck by the condescension and the arrogance in his comments.”
Others interpreted it as overconfidence that he had secured the vote of the African American population.
Toward the end of the interview when asked by the radio program host, Charlamagne Tha God on reports that he was considering Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is white, as his vice-presidential running mate, Biden responded saying, “I guarantee you there are multiple black women being considered. Multiple.”
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