Joe Biden said in a Friday interview that a black voter who cannot choose between him and President Trump in the 2020 elections is not really black.
“If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, you’re not black,” Biden told radio DJ Charlamagne, God at The breakfast club. (Comments will come around 5:15 PM.)
“It has nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact – I want something for my community,” Charlamagne replied.
The comments came after Biden said his campaign was looking for ‘multiple’ African American women to choose as his running mate.
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only Republican African-American senator currently in office, condemned Biden’s comments.
“1.3 million black Americans voted for Trump in 2016. Joe Biden told all of us that we are not black,” Scott wrote on Twitter. “I would say I am surprised, but it is unfortunate for the Democrats to take the black community for granted and defeat those who disagree.”
Senior Biden adviser Symone Sanders hit back at criticism over the candidate’s comments on Friday.
“The comments at the end of the interview with the Breakfast Club were banter,” Sanders wrote on Twitter, “but let’s be clear about what the VP said: he made the distinction of setting his record with the African American community every day against Trump. Period. “
According to a Quinnipiac poll released on May 20, 81 percent of black voters support Biden, while only 3 percent support President Trump in the 2020 elections. Biden received much support from African Americans to defeat Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) in the Democratic primary. The former vice president received approval from House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D., S.C.), the highest-ranking African-American congressman.
Biden was criticized as vice president during the 2012 campaign when he told a largely African-American audience in Virginia that the Republicans “wanted to put you all back in chains.”
“Look at what [Republicans] value, and look at their budget. And see what they propose, “Biden said of the budget proposal of then speaker Paul Ryan. ‘[Romney] he said in the first hundred days that he lets the big banks write their own rules – unleash Wallchain. They will make you all chained again. “