White House hopeful Joe Biden told an African-American radio host Friday that he “ain’t black” if he was unsure who to support in November’s election, igniting controversy and accusations of racism from President Donald Trump’s camp.
Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, also appeared on a morning television show to discuss his economic plan, including a call to end Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut for corporations and the wealthy and use such funds to “invest in the middle class.” But all the attention fell on the comments he made during a spirited and sometimes contentious interview with popular syndicated radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, who pressed him about his record on race issues.
Biden — Barack Obama’s vice president for eight years — strongly defended his ties to the African-American community, at one point saying he has “overwhelming support” from black leaders and voters.
Charlamagne, whose real name is Lenard McKelvey, said he hoped Biden could return to his show because “it’s a long way until November (and) we’ve got more questions.” “You’ve got more questions?” Biden replied from a studio in his Delaware home, where he is riding out the coronavirus crisis. “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” Biden’s comments, which aired early Friday on New York-based syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club, quickly sparked reaction from Team Trump. .