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Biden: I Was Too 'Cavalier' With Remarks on Black Voters

'If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2020 11:42 AM CDT
Updated May 22, 2020 3:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – Joe Biden made inadvertent headlines during an interview that aired Friday with Charlamagne tha God, co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club. The exchange came near the end of the interview, when the African-American host asked Biden to make a return visit because we've "got more questions," reports NBC News. To which Biden responded:

  • "You got more questions? But I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."
  • Walking it back: After a day of negative reaction, Biden tried to do some damage control in a call with black business leaders, reports the Hill. “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy," he said. “I don’t take it for granted at all and no one should have to vote for any party based on their race, religion, or background. There are African-Americans who think Trump is worth voting for. I don’t think so and I’m prepared to put my record against his, that was the bottom line. ... I shouldn't have been so cavalier."

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