During a Friday live-stream with radio show host Charlamagne Tha God from “The Breakfast Club”, Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden appeared to defend his record on race, telling the host that if you support President Trump “then you ain’t black.”
An aide tried to cut off the interview after 11 minutes because Jill Biden needed the office to do her own live-streamed event, but Biden agreed to stay on longer, The Hill reported.
After 18 minutes, the aide interjected, which prompted Charlamagne to say: “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. “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. “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.”
“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,” Biden told Charlamagne. Continued Below
Charlamagne replied to the former vice president by saying “It has nothing to do with Trump. I want something for my community.”
“Take a look at my record, man,” Biden answered. “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 the record.”
Fox News’ Harris Faulkner reacted to Joe Biden’s remarks Friday during “Outnumbered”, deeming Biden’s statement as “short-sided” and a “blind spot”. Continued Below
“I’ve been fighting against this notion that you’re not black enough unless you think a certain way, you vote a certain way, you speak a certain way, you do certain things. My whole life I grew up military, pretty much neutral along the zone of ‘can we all just get along, no matter what we look like?'” Faulker said.
“I have biracial daughters. … This is more than just a little offensive. It is short-sided, it is a blind spot for this former vice president. He should’ve gotten up immediately on whatever venue, microphone he had. I would’ve said it immediately right there, and the one that he was already in, on The Breakfast Club and say, ‘You know what? Let me restate that,” she continued.
Faulker proceeded to read a statement from Katrina Pierson, who is the senior advisor to President Trump’s campaign and a leader of its Black Voices for Trump group.
“White liberal elitists have continuously dictated which black Americans are allowed to come to the table and have a voice. It is clear now more than ever, following these racist and dehumanizing remarks, that Joe Biden believes black men and women are incapable of being independent or free thinking,” Pierson said. Video Below
“He truly believes that he, a 77-year-old white man, should dictate how black people should behave. Biden has a history of racial condescension and today he once again proved what a growing number of black Americans and I have always known– Joe Biden does not deserve our votes,” Pierson added in the statement.
“You don’t have to be any particular race to know when someone puts you down because you’re different,” Faulker expressed after reading Pierson’s statement.
Joe Biden’s official remarks:
BIDEN: "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 22, 2020
Harris Faulkner’s response:
POWERFUL WORDS from @HARRISFAULKNER in response to Joe Biden saying Black Americans aren't really Black unless they support him:
"I’ve been fighting against this notion that you are not Black enough unless you think a certain way, you vote a certain way… my whole life." pic.twitter.com/5lhmI7XRBq
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 & get the APP (@TrumpWarRoom) May 22, 2020
Katrina Pierson’s statement:
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) May 22, 2020
Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s senior advisor, Symone D. Sanders, defended the former vice president, claiming his comments “were in jest”:
The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest, but let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day. Period.
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) May 22, 2020