United States —
May 23, 2020 8:51 AM
15 minutes. The virtual Democratic candidate for the White House, former Vice President Joe Biden, unleashed a new controversy on Friday, suggesting that African Americans who hesitate to vote for him or do it for President Donald Trump are not really black.
Biden made this comment during an interview on the radio program The Breakfast Club, popular with the black community and presented by Charlamagne Tha God.
Charlamagne questioned Biden that he is considering electing Senator Amy Klobuchar as vice president when black voters who “saved their political life in the primaries” want an African American woman.
The Democratic leader declined to acknowledge that Klobuchar was one of the options, but said “there are several black women under consideration.”
He added, however, that “if you have a problem deciding whether to go with me or Trump, then you are not black.”
African Americans are the demographic most loyal to the Democratic Party. In the 2016 White House elections, they opted for almost 90% of Hillary Clinton.
Biden retracted hours after his comment, when controversy broke out, assuring that he went from “arrogant”.
“I know the comment has seemed as if I was taking the African American vote for granted, but nothing could be further from the truth,” said the former vice president.
The Trump campaign, meanwhile, accused Biden of being “racist.”
“Joe Biden dictating who is and who is not black is the height of arrogance for the Democratic elite,” said Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale.
According to US media, among the African-American women that Biden is shuffling as vice presidents are Senator Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Val Demings and former Georgia Governor candidate Stacey Abrams.
Other loud-sounding applicants include Klobuchar herself or Senator Elizabeth Warren or Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.