The virtual Democratic candidate for the White House, former Vice President Joe Biden, unleashed a new controversy Friday by suggesting that African Americans who hesitate to vote for him or for the president, Donald Trump, are not really black.
Biden, Barack Obama’s former vice president from 2009 to 2017, made this comment during an interview on the radio program “The Breakfast Club”, popular among the black community and hosted by Charlamagne Tha God.
During the interview, Charlamagne questioned the Democrat candidate about considering electing Senator Amy Klobuchar as vice president when black voters who “saved her political life in the primary” want an African-American woman.
Biden declined to acknowledge that Klobuchar was one of the choices, but said that “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’re not black.
African Americans are the demographic group most loyal to the Democratic Party and in the 2016 White House election they opted almost 90 percent for Hillary Clinton
Biden retracted his comment hours after the controversy had already erupted, saying he had gone too far as “arrogant”.
“I know the comment seemed like I was taking the African-American vote for granted, but nothing could be further from the truth,” the former vice president said.
The Trump campaign, meanwhile, accused Biden of being “racist.
“Joe Biden dictating who is and who is not black is the height of the arrogance of the Democratic elite,” said Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale.
According to the U.S. media, among the African Americans Biden is considering as vice presidents are Senator Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Val Demings and former Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams.
Other strong sounding candidates include Klobuchar herself, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.