Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said black people who support Republican President Donald Trump arent black during an interview on Friday.
The former Vice President was challenged on his voting record on racial issues and whether he was considering a black running mate.
“Im not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you, there are multiple black women being considered. Multiple,” Biden responded.
After an aide tried to cut off the interview, host Charlamagne tha God responded: “You cant do that to black media!”
Biden said he needed to go because his wife had a media appearance. The host then asked Biden to return to the program later this year to answer more questions.
“Youve got more questions?” Biden replied. “Well I tell you, if you have a problem figuring out whether youre for me or Trump, then you aint black.”
“It dont have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact I want something for my community,” the host responded.
Bidens remark drew condemnation from Trumps campaign.
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“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,” Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor to the campaign, said in a statement.
“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.”
The Biden campaign didnt immediately return a request for comment.
Symone Sanders, a Biden adviser, said in a social media statement that his comments “were in jest.”
“But lets 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 Trumps any day. Period,” he added.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said Friday that 1.3 million black Americans voted for Trump in 2016.
“This morning, Joe Biden told every single one of us we aint black. Id say Im surprised, but its sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and brow beat those that dont agree,” the black senator wrote in a statement.
Charlamagne said after the interview that “We have been loyal to Democrats for a long time, black people have invested a lot into that party and the return on investment has not been great.”
“As Biden said in our brief interview when I asked him if Dems owe the black community ABSOLUTELY was his answer. So lets see what you got!!! Votes are Quid Pro Quo. You cant possibly want me to Fear Trump MORE than I want something for my people,” he told Mediaite.