Former Vice President Joe Biden told a black radio host in an interview on Friday that he is “not black” if he was still weighing whether to support him or incumbent Donald Trump in the November 3 US presidential election.
The Democratic nominee’s likely comments for ‘The Breakfast Club,’ co-host of Charlamagne tha God, drew a quick rebuke from the Trump campaign and Republican supporters, as well as some black Democrats on Twitter.
During the interview, recorded on Thursday, popular host Biden challenged his long history of racing issues.
While Charlamagne urged Biden to appoint an African-American woman as vice president, a campaign leader attempted to end the interview.
“You can’t do that to black media!” said the radio host.
Biden replied, “I do that on white media and black media because my wife has to go on at six.”
Charlamagne invited Biden back to the show and said he had more questions before the election.
“Do you have any more questions?” Biden replied. “Well, I’m telling you, if you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, you’re not black.”
Biden, who served as No. 2 for President Barack Obama, the first black American president, for eight years, called his reputation for racial issues “unparalleled.” He and Charlamagne agreed that he would return to the show another time.
In a conference call hosted by the Trump campaign with reporters, US Senator Tim Scott, who is black, said Biden’s comments were “arrogant and demeaning” and “negative rhetoric against racing.”
Biden adviser Symone Sanders said in a tweet that the comments had been joked.
He made the distinction that he would record his record with the African American community against Trump every day. Point, ”she said.