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Politics Trump campaign: Biden remarks about black people 'racist and dehumanizing'

18:52  22 may  2020
18:52  22 may  2020 Source:   thehill.com

What Biden said was outrageous. But, some say, so was the reaction

  What Biden said was outrageous. But, some say, so was the reaction There are some who say that if anyone is offended by Biden's latest comments, they aren't paying attention to what Biden is really saying. "It would be stupid for African-Americans to support Donald Trump after what the President has done even if you're an African-American Republican," says Ravi Perry, an activist, and chair of the political science department at Howard University in Washington.The context here is keyPerry says people outraged at Biden's comments ignore the context and an unwritten rule about racial remarks. A white person can't instruct black people on their racial identity.

President Trump's reelection campaign blasted former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday for saying that if you support Trump "then you ain't black," calling the remarks "racist and dehumanizing."

Donald Trump, Joe Biden are posing for a picture: Trump campaign: Biden remarks about black people © The Hill Trump campaign: Biden remarks about black people "racist and dehumanizing."

"White liberal elitists have continuously dictated which black Americans are allowed to come to the table and have a voice," said Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign and leader of its Black Voices for Trump group.

"It is clear now more than ever, following these racist and dehumanizing remarks, that Joe Biden believes black men and women are incapable of being independent or free thinking. He truly believes that he, a 77-year-old white man, should dictate how black people should behave. Biden has a history of racial condescension and today he once again proved what a growing number of black Americans and I have always known — Joe Biden does not deserve our votes."

Charlamagne tha God defends Biden's support for black community

  Charlamagne tha God defends Biden's support for black community Radiol host Charlamagne tha God defended former Vice President Joe Biden's support for the black community following their Friday morning interview. © The Hill Charlamagne tha God In an interview on Charlamagne's popular radio show, "The Breakfast Club," Biden said, "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or for Trump, then you ain't black." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

During a sometimes-contentious interview with popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" on Friday, host Charlamagne Tha God told Biden he should come back on the show at some point because "we've got more questions."

"You've got more questions?" 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."

Over the course of the interview, Charlamagne repeatedly pressed Biden on his past support for crime bills in the 1980s and 1990s that have led to the mass incarceration of black people.

Biden defended his record and noted that he's vetting "multiple" black women to be his running mate. Biden also pointed to his broad support among African Americans in the polls and said that black voters delivered him sweeping victories across the country during the Democratic primaries.

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

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

Trump's campaign has sought to make inroads with black voters, opening community centers in key battleground states and running a weekly livestream featuring black surrogates talking about how the president's policies have been beneficial for the black community.

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But polls show Biden with a lead of 30 to 40 points among black voters, who make up the backbone of the Democratic Party.

Conservatives also condemned Biden's remarks, which were highlighted right away by the GOP super PAC America Rising.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), one of only two black Republicans in Congress, accused Biden of taking "the black community for granted."

"1.3 million black Americans already voted for Trump in 2016. This morning, Joe Biden told every single one of us we 'ain't black.' 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," Scott said.

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