Joe Biden Said Something Crazy Again

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Key Points:
  • Joe Biden appeared on the popular morning radio show “The Breakfast Club” on Friday, May 22.
  • When challenged about his record on race by radio host Charlamagne, former vice president, Joe Biden, got defensive, telling the host, “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
  • Political media exploded after the controversial comment, forcing Biden to issue an apology later in the day.
  • Friday’s slip-up was the latest in a long list of blunders made by the former VP this election cycle. Trump’s team immediately used Friday’s comments in new campaign ads attacking Biden’s record of supporting community-devastating crime bills.
2020 Presidential Election Winner Betting Odds
Donald Trump -120
Joe Biden +115
Hillary Clinton +1800
Andrew Cuomo +7500
Michelle Obama +7500
Mike Pence +9500
Nikki Haley +20000

Joe Biden is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Nobody has contributed more to the hilarity of this election cycle than the former Vice President. This time, he potentially offended the voting bloc on which he’s most relied throughout the primaries, as he will in the general election.

Biden’s latest offense came during an interview with sometimes-controversial radio personality Charlamagne. The Breakfast Club host challenged the former Vice President over his decade’s long congressional record on racial issues and the possibility – and importance — of choosing a black, female running mate.

“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you, there are multiple black women being considered. Multiple,” Biden said of the ongoing vetting process and search for a Vice-Presidential nominee with whom to share the Democratic ticket.

Charlamagne opened the talk by admitting to Biden, “I’ve been critical of you.”

“I know you have,” Biden shot back. “You don’t know me.”

An aide tried to step in and end the interview 11 minutes in, claiming that Jill Biden needed the office to do her live-streamed event, “Thank you so much. That’s really our time. I apologize,” the staffer said. Still, Biden agreed to go longer.

The aide interjected again at the 18-minute mark, to which Charlamagne joked: “You can’t do that to black media.”

“I do that to white media and black media because my wife has to go on at 6 o’clock,” Biden responded while looking down at his watch. “Uh, oh. I’m in trouble.”

“Listen, you’ve got to come see us when you come to New York, V.P. Biden,” Charlamagne said, wrapping things up. “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.” “You’ve got more questions?” Biden replied.

“Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

Charlamagne responded to the awkward moment promising, “it has nothing to do with Trump,” just that “I want something for my community.”

“Take a look at my record, man,” Biden said to close. “I extended the Voting Rights Act 25 years. I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP has endorsed me every time I’ve run. Come on, take a look at my record.”

Biden Apologizes

As expected, Biden’s closing remarks caught fire on social media. The clip quickly made the rounds and became the trending topic of the day. To the former Vice President’s credit, he apologized for the remarks a few hours later, admitting in a campaign call to black business leaders that he had been “much too cavalier,” in his choice of words.

“I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African American vote for granted. But nothing could be further [from] the truth,” Biden said. “I’ve never ever done that, and I’ve earned it every time I’ve run. I was making the point that I have never taken the vote for granted. And in fact, I know in order to win the presidency, I need the African American vote. And it was the driving force, as I said, in the beginning of my campaign [a] year ago, to my being able to win in the first place and win the primary. And it is going to be critical to my winning the presidency.”

Trump Campaign Seizes the Moment

Naturally, the Trump campaign capitalized on the latest gaffe with swiftness. Trump’s campaign is preparing to spend roughly $1 million on an ad blitz to highlight the remark, with a video montage of the comment, along with clips showcasing Biden’s support for the 1994 crime bill, which has – as the ad will say — “destroyed millions of black lives.”

“It’s a reminder that Biden thinks he owns the Black vote and that he can dictate what Black people do,” tweeted Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.

Additionally, Team Trump purchased the domain www.youaintblack.com. The website features a “Black Voices for Trump 2020” logo, with Friday’s quote plastered on the homepage in large lettering. Supporters will find links to multiple social media profiles for “Black Voices for Trump” as well as linking to “#YouAintBlack” T-shirts in the Trump campaign store.

There’s also a video that replays Biden’s remarks with the word “racist” over the former VP’s face. The incumbent’s fans are encouraged to text “Woke” to a campaign-owned number.

The website also includes a link not only to various “Joe Biden actually told Black Americans they ‘AIN’T BLACK’ if they support President Donald J. Trump!” the website says. “Sport this shirt and make sure NO ONE forgets the words #YouAintBlack came out of Joe Biden’s mouth!”

Whether the comments will affect Biden’s popularity with black voters remains to be seen. Numerous liberal African American pundits and journalists rushed to the presumptive Democratic candidate’s defense. The most offended parties were primarily former Bernie Sanders supporters/surrogates and Republicans.

Thus far, Biden has shown incredible resilience – nothing sticks to the guy. Friday’s comment was probably the twentieth of the election cycle, each of which was enough to sink a less-favored candidates’ campaign.

Will Cormier / Author

Will Cormier is a sports and political betting writer living in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. When he’s not wandering around the streets of the Arts District aimlessly, a lifetime of pessimism and paranoia has made Will perfectly suited for handicapping politics. Cormier tries to analyze current events as objectively as possible – a strategy that often enrages loyalists on both the right and the left. When he’s not covering major upcoming elections, Will enjoys writing about basketball, football, and MMA from a betting perspective. He also loves dogs, ice cream sundaes, the movie “Stomp the Yard,” and long walks on the beach.