Opinion| Carmine Sabia| The sad case of gaffe machine and former vice president Joe Biden trudges on and now includes an apology to the black community.
Hours after telling black voters that if they are having trouble deciding between him and President Donald Trump, they “ain’t black.”
”I should not have been so cavalier. I’ve never, never, ever taken the African-American community for granted,’ he said, the Associated Press reported. ‘I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy.’
“No one should have to vote for any party based on their race, their religion, their background,” he said on a conference call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce Friday afternoon.
Former Vice President Joe Biden hardly ever does himself any favors when he speaks, and that trend is continuing.
He appeared on radio show “The Breakfast Club” and told host Charlamagne that voters are “not black” if they cannot decide between him and President Donald Trump.
“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you, there are multiple black women being considered. Multiple,” Biden said to the host. Then his aide interjected to end the interview.
“Thank you so much. That’s really our time. I apologize,” she said to the host.
“You can’t do that to black media!” the host responded.
“I do that to white media and black media because my wife has to go on at 6 o’clock,” Biden said. “Uh oh. I’m in trouble.”
“Listen, you’ve got to come see us when you come to New York, VP Biden,” he said. “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.”
“You’ve got more questions?” Biden said. “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
“It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact [that] I want something for my community,” the host said.
“Take a look at my record, man! I extended the Voting Rights [Act] 25 years. I have a record that is second-to-none,” the former vize president said.
“The NAACP’s endorsed me every time I’ve run. I mean, come on. Take a look at the record,” he said.