“Vice President Biden’s statement represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not black unless they vote for him,” – Robert L. Johnson, BET
May 30, 2020
Fox News – Joe Biden says [the black media personality to whom he made the comment ‘you ain’t black’] was “baiting” him leading up to his controversial “you ain’t black” remark during their interview last week.
The presumptive Democratic nominee was pressed Friday by CNN anchor Don Lemon on what kind of “leader” he would be as president for black Americans in the wake of his May 22 comment and, this week, his sentimental response to the tragic death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.
“The leader I’ve always been,” Biden told Lemon. “I apologized immediately for responding to [the media personality], who was baiting me, and if you looked at that film, you can see that I was smiling at him. I was referring to him, I wasn’t referring to all African-Americans, but I should have never said it.”
This is the second time the former vice president appeared to direct some blame on [the same media personality].
On Tuesday, in a separate CNN interview, Biden acknowledged he made a “mistake” last week in making the comment, in which he told black voters who have yet to decide whether to support him or President Trump in the 2020 election they “ain’t black.” He walked back the comment later in the day, saying he should not have been so “cavalier” and acted like a “wise guy.”
However, Biden also told CNN he wasn’t the only “wise guy” during the interview … Read more.