Biden: Not sure whether to vote for me? You ain't black

Sen. Joe Biden tells radio show that those weighing voting for Pres. Trump aren't really black, then apologizes.

Arutz Sheva Staff , | updated: 10:34 PM

Joe Bien
Joe Bien

Senator Joe Biden on Friday said that African-Americans who are not sure whether to vote for him or for US President Donald Trump "ain't black."

Speaking with "The Breakfast Club," Biden claimed that his campaign was doing enough to reach African-American voters.

"I won every single county," he said. "I won the largest share of the black vote that anybody had, including Barack [Obama]."

He added that the African-American community are the ones that "as they say up my way, brung me to the dance. That's how I get elected every single time and everybody’s shocked. I get overwhelming support from the black leadership, young and old."

"I tell ya, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black."

Later, in a phone call with members of the US Black Chambers, Biden admitted, "I shouldn't have been such a wise guy. I don't take [the black vote] for granted at all."

"No one should have to vote for any party, based on their race, their religion, their background. There are African-Americans who think that Trump was worth voting for. I don’t think so, I’m prepared to put my record against his. That was the bottom line and it was really unfortunate, I shouldn’t have been so cavalier."

His adviser, Symone Sanders, tweeted that Biden's last comments in the interview "were in jest" and the point had been that Biden "would put his record with the African-American community up against Trump's any day. Period."

"Vice President Biden spent his career fighting alongside and for the African American community. He won his party's nomination by earning every vote and meeting people where they are and that's exactly what he intends to do this November. 1."

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley wrote on Facebook: "‪I have struggled with Biden’s recent remarks. They were gut wrenchingly condescending. Regardless of color, gender, or class, to label any individual with what he or she is expected to think, believe, and vote is demeaning and disrespectful. Not to mention arrogant and entitled."