Biden: ‘If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black’
A staff member explained that Biden had to leave, and Charlamagne retorted: “You can’t do this to the black media!”
“I’m doing this to white media and black media because my wife has to go on at 6 am,” said Biden, referring to his wife Jill Biden apparently needing to use the broadcast studio they built in their Delaware basement as the coronavirus pandemic drove Biden out of the election campaign. Glancing at his watch, Biden says, “uh oh, I’m in trouble.”
Charlamagne told Biden that he should come to the studio in New York for another interview, telling the former vice president that “we have more questions”.
“You have more questions?” Replied Biden. “Well, I’m telling you what, if you have a problem knowing if you’re for me or Trump, then you’re not black.”
Charlamagne replied, “It has nothing to do with Trump. It has to do with the fact, I want something for my community.”
“Take a look at my file, man!” Biden retaliated.
Later Friday afternoon, Biden commented on a call to the US Chamber of Commerce, saying, “I shouldn’t have been this cavalier” and insisting that he doesn’t care. not black voters for granted.
“The gist of it all was perhaps far too cavalier. I know the comments went on as if I was taking the African American vote for granted, but nothing could be further from the truth. never, never done that and I won it every time I run, “he said.
“I argued that I never take the vote for granted and, in fact, I know that to win the presidency, I need the African American vote,” said Biden. “I shouldn’t have been such a good guy. I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”
The interview was Biden’s first appearance on “The Breakfast Club”, a popular nationwide radio program broadcast from New York City on which other Democratic presidential candidates appeared during the primary.
Biden’s victory in the Democratic primary was mainly fueled by his support for African-American voters, especially the older ones, who catapulted him to victory in South Carolina who set the stage for Biden, but set end of the race in the following weeks.
“Vice President Biden has spent his career fighting alongside and for the African American community. He won his party’s nomination by winning every vote and meeting people where they are and that’s exactly what he plans to do in November, “said Symone Sanders, Biden’s senior advisor. from the Twitter interview.
She added: “The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were a joke, but let’s be clear about what the VP said: he made the distinction that he would set his record with the African American community against Trump day. Period. “
Trump’s campaign used Biden’s comment to describe him as taking black voters for granted.
Katrina Pierson, senior advisor to the Trump campaign, said in a statement that Biden “thinks black men and women are incapable of being independent or free-spirited.”
Trump in 2016 argued that black voters should reject the Democrats who he took their votes for granted and support him, saying, “What do you have to lose?”
In the radio interview, Biden refused to name people on his shortlist for the presidential nomination, but said, “I guarantee, several black women are being considered. Several.”
Charlamagne pressed Biden on his role in the enactment of the 1994 crime bill, which Biden defended, claiming that Hillary Clinton was “wrong” in 2016 to apologize and that the Republicans – had insisted inclusion of a mandatory minimum sentence.
Biden also defended his calls to decriminalize marijuana, rather than legalize it. He said before legalizing it, he wanted to wait and see the results of the studies on “what it affects, does not affect in the long-term development of the brain. And we should wait until the studies are complete”.
“I think we have had decades of studies of real weed smokers,” said Charlamagne.
“Yes, I do,” said Biden. “I know a lot of cannabis smokers.”
This story was updated with additional comments from Biden on Friday afternoon.