Biden regrets saying ‘you ain’t black’ if you vote for Trump and accuses the president of denigrating African Americans
JOE Biden said he regrets saying "you ain't black" if you vote for Donald Trump over him and accused the president of denigrating African Americans.
The Democratic presidential nominee made the confession during an interview with ABC News filmed on Friday.
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“I shouldn’t have said it,” Biden told ABC News' Robin Roberts after she pressed him on his controversial remarks he made in May.
“But, the truth is, there’s a fundamental difference between Donald Trump and me on the issue of race across the board.”
“I was trying to make the point that this is a man who spent his entire career denigrating African Americans. Denigrating them, continuing to denigrate them.
"To do nothing but go after race and inflame it. Pour, you know, gasoline on the fire,” he added.
Biden's running mate Senator Kamala Harris then defended Biden during the interview and praised him for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Joe speaks the words and actually knows how to say the words ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Contrary to what … the current president of the United States does, which is to sow hate and division full time, [he] has never spoken those words and will never speak the words ‘Black Lives Matter,’” Harris said.
Finally, Biden said, “I wouldn’t be here without the African American community.”
During the interview in May, The Breakfast Club's host Charlamagne tha God talked to Biden about his record on racial issues and the possibility of him choosing a black female running mate heading into November.
“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you: There are multiple black women being considered," Biden told the host of a vice presidential pick.
An aide of Biden's is heard chiming in, trying to cut the interview short, to which Charlamagne tha God said: “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 6.00,” Biden said, and added: “Uh oh. I’m in trouble.”
“Listen, you’ve got to come see us when you come to New York, VP Biden,” Charlamagne tha God said. “It’s a long way until November. We've got more questions.”
Biden then quipped: “You’ve got more questions? 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 tha God responded that "it has nothing to do with Trump. It has to do with the fact that I want something for my community.”
Biden fired back: “Take a look at my record. I extended the Voting Rights Act for 25 years. I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP’s endorsed me every time I’ve run. Take a look at the record.”
But the "you ain't black" moment reverberated on social media, with the host retweeting a variety of listeners complaining about it.
Trump's re-election campaign has regularly mentioned the exchange when portraying Biden as gaffe-prone.
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