Atlanta – Joe Biden, the virtual Democratic presidential candidate, was irascible in an interview on Friday with a well-known black radio journalist who asked him about his support among African-Americans and about his ballot partner.
She was repeatedly asked by Charlamagne Tha God about reports that she would choose Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is white, as a vice presidential candidate. The radio host told him that black voters “saved his political life in the primaries” and “want things in return.”
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“I am not declaring who I am considering (for vice president),” Biden said. “But I assure you, there are many black women that I am considering. Many”.
When a Biden collaborator tried to end the interview, the journalist said, “You can’t do that to the black press.”
Biden replied, “I do it to the black and white press,” adding that his wife had an engagement to television and he had to leave the room.
And then he added: “If you have difficulty deciding whether to support Trump or me, you are not black.”
The driver replied that questions about the ballot partner – Biden has said she will be a woman – have nothing to do with President Donald Trump, whom many black voters consider racist.
“See my record,” Biden said, recalling that when he was a senator he promoted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “The NAACP has supported me in each of my campaigns. Come on, see my trajectory. ” The NAACP is the oldest organization promoting civil rights.
Hours later, Biden himself apologized for the comments that went viral on social media.
“I shouldn’t have been too smart. I shouldn’t have been so disrespectful,” he said.
Biden has highlighted his relationship with black voters throughout his campaign, his dependence on them by running for senator for the state of Delaware, and having been vice president and top aide to former President Barack Obama.
In the primaries, older black voters sided with Biden from a wide range of pre-candidates that included multiple blacks, including Senator Kamala Harris, a favorite for the nomination of vice presidential candidate. Other names include voting promoter Stacey Abrams; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; Legislator Val Demings; legislator Marcia Fudge, and Obama’s ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice.
Symone Sanders, a Biden adviser, said the politician’s last observation in Friday’s interview was “a joke.”
“Let’s clarify what the VP said,” Sanders tweeted. “He wanted to make it clear that he is willing to compare his career in the African-American community with that of Trump whenever he wants.”
The Trump campaign took advantage of Biden’s statements.
“He truly believes that he, a 77-year-old white man, can order the behavior of blacks,” said Katrina Pierson, an adviser to the reelection campaign.