Biden Says He 'Shouldn't Have' Told Charlamagne 'You Ain't Black'
The Democratic presidential nominee clarified his May comments, adding he “wouldn’t be here without the African American community”
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said over the weekend that he should not have made a May comment to radio host Charlamagne Tha God that implied Black voters “ain’t Black” if they’re considering a vote for President Donald Trump in November.
“I shouldn’t have said it, but the truth is there’s a fundamental difference between Donald Trump and me on the issue of race across the board,” Biden told ABC News’ Robin Roberts on Friday. The interview clip was released Sunday.
“I was trying to make the point that this is a man who spent his entire career denigrating African Americans — denigrating them, continuing to denigrate them — to do nothing but go after race and inflame it, pour gasoline on the fire,” he said of Trump.
“I wouldn’t be here without the African American community,” he went on.
During an interview on “The Breakfast Club” in May, Biden told host Charlamagne Tha God, “I’ll tell you what: If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
The then-presumed Democratic nominee was already over his allotted time for the interview — in which he reviewed his record on matters related to race — and made the declaration when Charlamagne closed out the chat by saying they should do another interview before the November election because his team still had “more questions.”
The host pushed back, saying the decision wasn’t just about President Donald Trump: “I want something for my community.”
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