Joe Biden defended his legislative record in an often contentious Friday morning interview with Charlamagne Tha God, the host of the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club,” and argued that his presidential campaign was doing enough to reach out to black voters. At one point, Biden argued that black voters undecided on whether to vote for him or for President Trump “ain’t black.”
Later Friday in a phone call with members of the U.S. Black Chambers, a business organization, Biden sought to clarify and explain — but did not explicitly apologize — for the comments.
“I should not have been so cavalier. I’ve never, never, ever taken the African American community for granted.”
“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. I shouldn’t have been so cavalier. … No one should have to vote for any party based on their race, their religion, their background,” Biden said. “There are African Americans who think that Trump was worth voting for, I don’t think so. I’m prepared to put my record against his. That was the bottom line and it was ah — it was really unfortunate I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”
In the interview with Charlamagne, the host asked Biden about comments from the rapper Sean Combs, who performs as Diddy, that Democrats take black voters for granted. Biden noted that he had won overwhelmingly in the South Carolina primary.
“I kicked everybody’s — excuse me,” Biden said, catching himself before he cursed.
“I need you to say that!” Charlamagne replied.
“I won every single county. I won the largest share of the black vote that anybody had, including Barack,” Biden continued, noting that his home state of Delaware has the eighth largest black population in the country. “They’re the folks that, as they say up my way, brung me to the dance. That’s how I get elected every single time.”
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