Months after presidential hopeful Joe Biden told Black radio host Charlamagne tha God that “you ain’t black” if you have a hard time “figuring out” who to vote for in 2020, Biden is finally walking the comments back.
Biden expressed no remorse for the shockingly racist comment in June, but finally broke down in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts and admitted that he “shouldn’t have said that.”
Though many on the right pointed out that no GOP politician’s career would have survived such a comment, mainstream media sources gave Biden’s surprisingly tone-deaf comment very little coverage.
However, Biden was forced to address the issue in his interview with Roberts. “I shouldn’t have said that,” Biden replied after Roberts brought the incident up.
“I was trying to make the point, [Trump] is a man that spent his entire career denigrating African Americans, the truth is, there is a fundamental difference between Donald Trump and me on the issue of race across the board,” Biden said. “I’m not going to, I’m not going to try to divide people. It’s all about bringing people together.”
However, though Biden expressed remorse for the insensitive comment, he made a similarly jarring comment in another interview with Black CBS correspondent Errol Barnett in early August.
When Barnett asked Biden if he had taken a cognitive health test — a question on most people’s minds –, Biden fired back without missing a beat:
No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man. That’s like saying to you, before you got on this program if you had taken a test were you taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”