Biden: We Got to Stay Home for COVID 'Because Some Black Woman Was Stocking Shelves'
Democrat presidential nominee triggers outrage over remarks in viral video
Joe Biden has triggered outrage after a clip of him went viral where he says he was able to stay home during COVID-19 lockdown "because some black woman was able to stack the grocery shelf."
The Democrat presidential nominee made the remarks last month, but the clip surfaced and went viral this week after it was picked up by pro-Trump group Turning Point USA on Monday, and retweeted by Donald Trump Jr.
Biden was speaking to a group of veterans in Tampa, Florida, on September 15 and was asked about the coronavirus pandemic.
"And they say: 'Well, why in the hell would you say that Biden? You just talked about all these difficulties,'" the former vice president told the audience.
"Well, I'll tell you why," he continues.
"Because the American public, the blinders have been taken off."
"They've all of a sudden seen a hell of a lot clearer," Biden claims.
"They're saying: 'Jeez, the reason I was able to stay sequestered in my home is because some black woman was able to stack the grocery shelf.'
"Or a young Hispanic is out there, these dreamers are out there, 60,000 of them acting as first responders and nurses and docs."
"Or all of a sudden people are realizing: 'My Lord, these people have done so much. Not just black, white, across the board, have done so much for me. We can do this. We can get things done.'
"And I think they're ready."
Could you speak a bit louder for those of us in the back?— Dan Mellis (@MtgGuyDan) October 5, 2020
“The reason I was able to stay sequestered in my home was because some black woman was able to stock the grocery shelf.” pic.twitter.com/TV5yDQKMra
The former vice president was slammed on social media with critics calling the comments "racist" and joking about the Biden campaign calling a "lid."
"What???? And Black folks STILL giving him a pass!" National Diversity Coalition for Trump CEO Dr. Darrell Scott exclaimed.
"You ain’t Black if you ain’t stocking a grocery shelf for Joe Biden," political commentator Dave Rubin quipped, alluding to Biden's infamous "you ain't black" gaffe from earlier this year.
"This should spark a lot of conversation about the morality of the lockdowns and how we’ve made lower-income Americans into human shields," Ricochet editor Bethany Mandel tweeted.
What???? And Black folks STILL giving him a pass! https://t.co/AZPTxQy0XF— Dr.Darrell Scott (@PastorDScott) October 5, 2020
You ain’t black if you ain’t stocking a grocery shelf for Joe Biden. https://t.co/IyIwm9TmbC— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) October 5, 2020
This should spark a lot of conversation about the morality of the lockdowns and how we’ve made lower-income Americans into human shields. https://t.co/Bcs6ISfJKe— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) October 5, 2020
Many suggested that there would be an enormous uproar if President Trump or a Republican were caught saying what Biden said.
"Imagine the media's reaction if Trump said this," RealClearPolitics co-founder and president Tom Bevan said.
"Close your eyes," The Hill media reporter Joe Concha exclaimed.
"Picture Trump saying this.
"Now picture the media reaction. Enjoy your evening!"
"Imagine @realDonaldTrump, or any Republican said what Joe Biden just said here," Daily Wire contributor Harry Khachatrian similarly expressed.
Imagine the media's reaction if Trump said this. 🤯https://t.co/NPwVz25JS4— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) October 5, 2020
Close your eyes. Picture Trump saying this. Now picture the media reaction. Enjoy your evening! https://t.co/bs1bnhNamj— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 5, 2020
Imagine @realDonaldTrump, or any Republican said what Joe Biden just said here:— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) October 5, 2020
“The reason I was able to stay sequestered in my home [during the pandemic] is because some black woman was able to stack the grocery shelf.”https://t.co/ri3GoxQ8sj
The Biden campaign has yet to respond to the remarks.
The account of the pro-Trump Twitter user who originally shared the video clip appeared to have been suspended sometime Monday evening after his tweet went viral.
Twitter has yet to reveal what led to the account's suspension.
In May, Biden had to walk back comments he made to "Breakfast Club" host, Charlamagne Tha God, when he said "you ain't black" to black voters who were still undecided between supporting him or President Trump in the election.
In August, the former VP was similarly in damage control mode when he appeared to disparage the diversity of the black community, saying "unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”