Joe Biden appeared on the hugely popular Breakfast Club syndicated morning radio show Thursday where told the host Charlamagne the God, “If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, you ain’t black.”
#YouAintBlack was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter within hours.
Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign, said, “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,” according to The Daily Beast.
Sanders was addressing a remark Biden made during an interview with host Charlamagne tha God on the popular radio show The Breakfast Club on Friday morning. After being asked about his search for a vice president candidate, Biden first answered vaguely by saying he’s “not acknowledging anybody who is being considered” before adding that he can “guarantee” that there are “multiple black women being considered.”
African-American voters are the most loyal constituency in the Democratic Party and played a key role in elevating Biden’s candidacy to the status of presumptive nominee.
The misstep happened after Charlamagne challenged Biden about taking responsibility for the crime bills of the 90s.
Pressed for additional details, a Biden advisor interrupted to wrap up the interview. Charlamagne then 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 o’ clock,” Biden replied, while looking at his watch and saying, “I’m in trouble.”
“Listen, you’ve got to come see us when you come to New York, VP Biden,” Charlamagne said. “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.”
Biden said, in an apparent light hearted fashion: “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.”