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Politics Biden Says He Regrets Saying Black Voters ‘Ain’t Black’ if They’re Considering Trump

01:53  23 may  2020
01:53  23 may  2020 Source:   nytimes.com

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Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden has said in an interview African Americans " ain ' t black " if they vote for President Donald Trump over him . The controversial exchange happened as radio host Charlamagne Tha God pressed the former vice-president on Friday about his outreach to black voters .

Mr. Biden also said he thought large corporations like Amazon should begin to pay their taxes, though he sidestepped a question on whether the large Of Ms. Klobuchar, he said : “What you don’ t want to do is let out all the names that you’ re vetting because if someone is not chosen the presumption is not

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Friday afternoon expressed regret for telling a radio host that black voters torn between voting for him and President Trump “ain’t black,” remarks that ignited a firestorm online.

Charlamagne Tha God, Joe Biden are posing for a picture: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke with Charlamagne Tha God on “The Breakfast Club” on Friday. © The Breakfast Club Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke with Charlamagne Tha God on “The Breakfast Club” on Friday.

“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Mr. Biden said in a call with the U.S. Black Chambers, later saying that he had not expected to join the call. “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.” 

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Joe Biden , the presumptive presidential candidate for the Democratic party in the 2020 election, told a black reporter that African-Americans who don't know if they ' re on his side or Trump 's " ain ' t black ." "Apparently, Biden has yet to realise that for nearly all Black voters , Trump is not an option.

Biden also "guaranteed" that he was considering a black woman to serve as his vice president. CBS News reported that Biden is vetting Amy Klobuchar Biden replied that he should take a look at his voting record to see his longtime support for the black community. "The Breakfast Club" has become

His remarks came hours after a testy exchange with Charlamagne Tha God, a host on “The Breakfast Club,” a nationally syndicated morning show popular with black millennials, that has dominated the conversation online. In the interview, during which the former vice president sidestepped a question about marijuana legalization and his running mate selection, Mr. Biden also made clear that he felt there was no reason black Americans would consider voting for Mr. Trump.

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump then you ain’t black,” Mr. Biden said.

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The remark sparked immediate pushback on social media, with activists and conservatives jumping on Mr. Biden, 77, for acting as the arbiter of blackness. His words also exposed wounds among Democrats that date to 2016, when many leaders felt the party took black voters for granted“I don’t take it for granted at all,” he said later Friday.

Biden: 'If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black'

  Biden: 'If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black' Joe Biden said he "shouldn't have been such a wise guy" on Friday hours after he told a popular African-American radio host that anyone struggling to decide whether to support him or President Donald Trump in the general election "ain't black."Joe Biden said he "shouldn't have been such a wise guy" on Friday hours after he told a popular African-American radio host that anyone struggling to decide whether to support him or President Donald Trump in the general election "ain't black.

Former vice-president said in an interview ‘If you have a problem figuring out whether you’ re for me or Trump , then you ain ’ t black ’. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden triggered a fresh controversy on Friday morning when he suggested that if American voters supported Donald Trump

Joe Biden expressed regret for decreeing that black Americans aren't really black if they have trouble deciding to support him over Trump . “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’ re for me or Trump , then you ain ’ t black ,” Biden said to Charlamagne, not in response to a question, but after

On a call with reporters that was quickly organized by the Trump campaign, a top adviser, Katrina Pierson, and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black Republican in the Senate, rapped Mr. Biden for the comment.

“Joe Biden has a history of saying dehumanizing things when it comes to black Americans,” Ms. Pierson added.

Mr. Scott accused Mr. Biden of “negative race-baiting.”

But Ms. Pierson grew defensive in response to questions about Mr. Trump’s own history of racist remarks.

She pointed to Mr. Trump’s efforts on issues like criminal justice reform, and said that compares favorably to the crime bill of the early 1990s that Mr. Biden supported.

“I know the president and I know his heart and I know his intent,” she said, accusing the news media of taking Mr. Trump “out of context.”

Mr. Scott, the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate, released a statement on Twitter before the call with reporters, reminding Mr. Biden that “1.3 million black Americans already voted for Trump in 2016.”

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Joe Biden says that anyone who goes to jail is there because they were "victims of abuse or their Asked about who he ’s considering for a running mate, Biden said he ’s “not acknowledging Biden replied. “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’ re for me or Trump , then you ain ’ t black .” Biden adds that Black Americans who support President Trump , are not Black

“ They ’ re the folks [who], as they say it my way, ‘Brung me to the dance.’ That’s how I get elected every single time,” he said , imploring Charlamagne: “Come on man, give me a little break here. Joe Biden , in testy interview, says 'you ain ’ t black ’ if you're undecided over him vs. Trump . USA TODAY.

“This morning, Joe Biden told every single one of us we ‘ain’t black,’” Mr. Scott said. “I’d say I’m surprised, but it’s sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and brow beat those that don’t agree.”

Symone Sanders, a senior adviser for Mr. Biden, later tweeted that the comments were in jest.

In another part of the interview, Mr. Biden assured the radio host that he intended to inspire black voters in the general election. Using the appeal that worked for him in the Democratic primary, Mr. Biden said black voters knew him and his record, and would value his close kinship with former President Barack Obama.

In a television interview with CNBC on Friday morning, Mr. Biden pledged that he would repeal the tax cuts signed by the president in 2017 and raise the corporate tax rate, and that he would not raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000, as he seeks to outline his plan for American economic recovery in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Biden gave some of his most detailed explanations of his economic policy. He rejected the idea that he would govern as an economic progressive, saying “I have a record of over 40 years, and I’m going to be Joe Biden. Look at my record.”

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, Biden says if black voters are undecided, ‘you ain ’ t black ’. Trump also criticized for praise of Henry Ford’s ‘bloodlines’. Many African Americans consider Trump to be racist and his support among black voters does not appear to have budged appreciably since 2016, according to a January poll by

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Mr. Biden also said he thought large corporations like Amazon should begin to pay their taxes, though he sidestepped a question on whether the large conglomerate should be broken up by the government.

“I think Amazon should start paying their taxes,” Mr. Biden said. “I don’t think any company, I don’t give a damn how big they are, Lord Almighty, should absolutely be in a position where they pay no tax.”

He continued: “What’s the capitalist system all about? The capitalist system is about everyone dealing fairly and dealing straight up with the American people and with their employees.”

The details come as Mr. Biden continues his transition from apparent primary winner to general election nominee. He is seeking to unite the party around a forward looking agenda that promises economic change, while matching the historic economic challenges now posed by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest jobs report showed millions more workers joined the ranks of the unemployed this week, bringing the total of jobless claims to nearly 39 million in just over two months. Mr. Biden has tried to pin the devastation on Mr. Trump’s administration, saying that it did not respond quickly enough to the looming pandemic threat.

“His slowness is costing lives and costing jobs and costing our ability to rebound,” Mr. Biden said Friday.

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However, Mr. Biden’s comments were met with some criticism, as several progressive Democrats questioned whether his outlined corporate tax rate — and his pledge to only raise taxes on Americans making more than $400,000 — was a sign he could not deliver the programs capable of expansive change. Mr. Biden has, at times, oscillated between moderate policy proposals and embracing the rhetoric of systemic upheaval, a choose-your-own-adventure strategy which can allow progressive and moderate allies to see in his campaign what they want.

In separate media interviews this week, Mr. Biden addressed his ongoing search for a running mate and his agenda for black Americans, a key constituency in the Democratic electorate that helped save his primary campaign. Several of the candidates on Mr. Biden’s vice-presidential short list have publicly confirmed they have spoken with his team, including Representative Val Demings of Florida and Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.

After a news report said that Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota had been contacted by his vice-presidential committee, Mr. Biden was asked about her on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

“No one has been vetted,” Mr. Biden said. “There is a team put together to go down a preliminary list of people, ask their interests, ask them general questions.”

Of Ms. Klobuchar, he said: “What you don’t want to do is let out all the names that you’re vetting because if someone is not chosen the presumption is not necessarily true that there must be something wrong. That’s not the process.”

Maggie Haberman contributed reporting. 

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