Biden: African Americans Who Vote Trump ‘Ain't Black’ - WATCH
Ex-VP blasts black people who 'have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump'
During a Friday interview, former Vice President Joe Biden exhibited the very reason his handlers don't like him making unscripted public appearances.
Speaking with host Charlamagne tha God for a virtual interview with The Breakfast Club podcast, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Biden made unsolicited and racially charged remarks aimed at black Americans.
The ex-VP, out of nowhere, declared that African Americans "ain't black" if they "have a problem figuring out" if they should vote for him over President Donald Trump in the November election.
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told Charlamagne.
Biden's remark wasn't in response to a question, however, but followed the host’s statement: “It’s a long way until November, we’ve got more questions.”
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“It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact — I want something for my community,” the radio host shot back.
Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, responded to Biden’s comment, tweeting that it sounded “racist.”
“Imagine if Donald Trump said this,” he then asked.
Retweet if you think this sounds racist AF!!!— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 22, 2020
Imagine if Donald Trump said this… https://t.co/cyrzWWgmaJ
Biden’s comment received further blowback from other political and media figures from across the spectrum:
Whoever helped Biden with this particular interview flopped.— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) May 22, 2020
“You ain’t black” will never bang coming from a white man’s mouth. Soz.
I know your forefathers decided on the racial categories but you really have a nerve whether in jest or not.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why they very rarely let Joe Biden do anything that isn’t completely controlled and scripted.— Tim Murtaugh - Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) May 22, 2020
Sometimes he accidentally says what he thinks.
Like how he, a 77-year-old white man, should be the arbiter of how Black people should act. https://t.co/JuYMGBfvuk
Wow. This is one of the most condescending interviews I've seen. Early on the interview @cthagod asks Biden about Blacks feeling Democrats take their votes for granted and it ends with Biden shouting about how if Blacks don't vote for him they "ain't black" https://t.co/XRDP6gb4sH— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) May 22, 2020
Listen to the audio.@JoeBiden: "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't Black."— Tim Murtaugh - Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) May 22, 2020
Biden thinks he can dictate what makes people Black or not. https://t.co/aRBRPQcGXA
Joe Biden looked a black man in the eyes today & said that he didn’t need to worry about black media because of a black person has to decide between voting Biden or Trump then they aren’t black.— Lauren Boebert for Congress (R-CO3) (@laurenboebert) May 22, 2020
This is the most racist thing I’ve ever heard out of a Presidential candidate.
If @realDonaldTrump said this there would be riots in the street. I held picket signs and protested segregation, while Joe Biden fought for it. I will proudly support Trump, let's see him tell me to my face I'm not black.— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) May 22, 2020
Wow... Basically, Biden telling black people who don’t yet support him you aren’t black... instead of campaigning harder and pledging more to earn their vote https://t.co/fvVAWyKteL— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) May 22, 2020
“If You Have A Problem Figuring Out Whether You're For Me Or Trump, Then You Ain't Black" Joe Biden in 2020— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) May 22, 2020
This type of bigoted is so low it needs to stay quarantined in a basement like @JoeBiden! #BlackVoicesforTrump #BeBest pic.twitter.com/jHwTkPzbg9
Says the old white guy...— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) May 22, 2020
Biden: "If You Have A Problem Figuring Out Whether You're For Me Or Trump, Then You Ain't Black"https://t.co/ISag9C7o0f
After @cthagod makes the excellent point that "Black people saved your political life in the primaries this year" and would like a Black woman VP, Biden's team cuts off the interview and @JoeBiden starts yelling about his record, ending with this inappropriate line. Just gross. https://t.co/KlN1mZYigW— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) May 22, 2020
Biden: "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."— 🌺 skkrrtt cobain (@tirhakahlove) May 22, 2020
It wasn’t just Joe Biden telling us when or not we are black enough..— Antonia Okafor Cover (@antonia_okafor) May 22, 2020
It was his abhorrent blanket statements about black people
Poverty & crime doesn’t automatically equate to “black issues”
How insanely offensive that interview was
Stay independent my friends
Earlier in the interview, Charlamagne pressed Biden over his record on racial issues and whether he is considering an African-American woman as his vice-presidential pick.
“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you: There are multiple black women being considered. Multiple,” the former vice president said.
Charlamagne has previously criticized Biden, taking aim at the presumptive Democrat nominee for not appearing on his show during the Democrat primary race.
Asked in March why Biden has avoided his program, Charlamagne told MSNBC: “I have no idea,” before adding: “It goes back to what I said: Joe Biden owes black people his political life.
"You know what I’m saying? So don’t disrespect that base by not showing up, especially when, you know, all your other former opponents did.”
"Black people saved his life the past couple of weeks,” he added of Biden’s primary election victory in South Carolina on March 1.
"His campaign would be dead if it wasn’t for our O.G. Jim Clyburn in South Carolina endorsing him, and all those black voters in the South going out and voting for him.
"Plus, you were the vice president for the first black president.
"You, in particular, definitely need a black agenda.”
In September, Charlamagne called out Biden for offering to send a campaign surrogate instead of sitting down for an interview with the radio host, saying the move by the candidate demonstrates “white entitlement and privilege.”
"Joe Biden has offered to send his surrogate, so that tells me a lot about what Joe Biden thinks about our audience,” he lamented in an interview with CNN.
"I think Joe Biden might be suffering from that same white entitlement and privilege and ego where he’s just that old school white male who feels like ‘hey man, they need me, I don’t need them or I’ve got them already.’
"That’s not respect."