Presidential Candidate Joe Biden continues to prove to the world why the Democrats have to keep him locked in his basement – after making yet another blatantly racist comment this week in one of his rare interviews.
Speaking with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro in an interview that aired at the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Biden added to a history of racist comments which includes his “you ain’t black” and “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids” comments.
Biden was asked on whether or not he would “re-engage” with Cuba as president. Biden apparently saw this as an opportunity to compare Hispanics with black Americans on the subject of diversity.
“Yes,” Biden responded, “And by the way, what you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”
President Trump commented on Joe Biden’s claim that all blacks think alike, calling what Biden said an insult to the the American black community.
“Joe Biden, this morning, totally disparaged and insulted the black community. What he said is incredible. I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it was a very insulting statement he made. … It was a great insult to the black community.”
After being apparently scolded by the Democratic party, Biden attempted to make amends for his comments late on Thursday night by tweeting out: “Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify. In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith—not by identity, not on issues, not at all.”
“Throughout my career,” he continued, “I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place. My commitment to you is this: I will always listen, I will never stop fighting for the African American community and I will never stop fighting for a more equitable future.”
Biden’s gaffe comes just one day after the former vice president gave a bizarre, incoherent response to questions about his cognitive well-being, including asking the black host if he was a “junkie”
“Have you taken a cognitive test?” CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett asked.
“No, I haven’t taken a test,” Biden shot back. “Why the hell would I take a test? Come on man, that’s like saying, you, before you got in this program, if you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”
“What do you say to President Trump, who brags about his test and makes your mental state an issue for voters?” the host pressed on as Biden laughed.
“Well, if he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,” Biden responded.
“Did you watch that, look, come on man, I, I, I know you’re trying to goad me, but, I mean, I’m so forward-looking to have an opportunity to sit with the president or stand with the president [in the] debates. There’s gonna be plenty of time, and by the way, as I joke with ‘em, you know, I, I shouldn’t say it. I’m going to say something, I probably shouldn’t say.”
Biden concluded, “Anyway, I am uh, I am very willing to let the American public judge my physical and mental fil-… fitness.”