(Liberty Bell) – The mainstream media and Democratic establishment was forced to contend with presumptive party nominee former Vice President Joe Biden’s controversial comments that black voters who pull the lever for President Donald Trump “ain’t black” on Friday.
“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told “Breakfast Club” host Charlamagne tha God.
He later attempted to walk the comments back during a meeting with black business leaders, saying, “I’ve never ever taken the African-American community for granted, had their support … I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. I shouldn’t have been so cavalier,” Biden later said. “I don’t take it for granted at all, and no one, no one should have to vote for any party, based on their race or religion or background.”
As his own campaign scrambled to clean up after his latest gaffe, Biden senior adviser Symone Sanders opted to bash President Trump’s record on race while touting Biden’s.
This was rather difficult to maneuver, of course, considering Trump has enjoyed record support among black voters.
She also reiterated a claim she had made on Twitter that what Biden said was “in jest.”
Sanders said, “Let me just be really clear. In the tweet that I put out, I said that the vice president’s comments at the end of that interview, which he definitely eluded to and noted the tone of the interview at the end, said in jest. Vice President Biden is saying he’ll put his record up with the African-American community and in the African-American community up against Donald Trump any single day, period. There is no comparison.”
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
“I encourage folks to go and look at the entire interview that Charlamagne and the vice president had,” she continued.
“They engage in a very interesting conversation. Biden talks about the need to make sure we’re investing in the African-American community. He talks about tenets of his Biden plan for Black America. They talk about criminal justice reform. It’s very wide-ranging. And as he talks about in his own statement, he asked Vice President Biden about the commitment that African-American voters have to the Democratic Party, and they engaged in that conversation.”
“So the reality is, if the question people have is, does Vice President Biden believe that he has to earn the votes of black voters, of Latino voters, of young people, of progressives, of women, of working-class folks, of blue-collar voters in this country? Absolutely. He earned the votes of folks in the primary and the Democratic primary, black voters especially. He expects and will do the same thing he expects the campaign to do in the general election. We’re not taking anything for granted.”
She added, “Look, Donald Trump was in Detroit just yesterday, promising to build a historically black college and university. I don’t know how you build a historically black college and university. It’s an antithesis to the fact that it is historic. It’s pandering.”
WATCH: Senior Adviser for the Biden campaign Symone Sanders says Joe Biden’s record on race stands in “stark contrast” with the Trump administration’s.@SymoneDSanders: “Vice President Biden’s record speaks to that he is not offering lip service, he’s offering results.” pic.twitter.com/DnCAxVbaQO
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) May 22, 2020
Despite Biden and his campaign’s best efforts, #YouAintBlack and #JoeBidenIsARacist were trending on Twitter as black conservatives weighed in on their purported lack of blackness.
The wildest part of the last 24 hours has be the onslaught of Karens and Bobs trying to explain to Black people why Joe Biden was right and what REAL Blackness is.
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) May 23, 2020
If you didn’t support Hillary in 2016, #YouAintWoman
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 22, 2020
This morning, Joe Biden said “If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."
Listen to this guys SOLID response!! 👏🏻
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) May 22, 2020
Vice President @JoeBiden ‘s latest quote is both pathetic & hurtful. Challenging millions on their blackness is condescending. The GOP was started to oppose slavery. I have the right to think and vote for myself along with all other Americans, including black Americans. pic.twitter.com/RRURX1eMbY
— John James (@JohnJamesMI) May 22, 2020