Thursday, November 26

Joe Biden to Robin Roberts On His ‘You Ain’t Black’ Remark: ‘I Shouldn’t Have Said It’

Former vice president Joe Biden expressed regrets for his infamous “you ain’t Black” comment during a Sunday night interview, telling ABC’s Robin Roberts, “I shouldn’t have said it.”

Back in May, Biden made the remark, suggesting that African-Americans who were deciding whether to vote for him or President Donald Trump weren’t authentically Black, during an interview on the radio show “The Breakfast Club.”

“I shouldn’t have said it,” Biden told Roberts. “But, the truth is, there’s a fundamental difference between Donald Trump and me on the issue of race across the board.”

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MARCH 09: Sen. Kamala Harris (L) (D-CA), hugs Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden after introducing him at a campaign rally at Renaissance High School on March 09, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Michigan will hold its primary election tomorrow. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“I was trying to make the point that this is a man who spent his entire career denigrating African-Americans,” Biden said. “Denigrating them, continuing to denigrate them. To do nothing but go after race and inflame it. Pour, you know, gasoline on the fire. I wouldn’t be here without the African-American community.”

Roberts also asked Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) about his comments. She defended Biden, saying, “Joe speaks the words and actually knows how to say the words ‘Black Lives Matter.’”

Harris continued, “The current president of the United States does, which is to sow hate and division full time, [he] has never spoken those words and will never speak the words ‘Black Lives Matter.’”

Biden “has been outspoken on those issues and, and continues to talk about disparities, and I know where his heart is. I know where his heart is,” added Harris.

Watch the clip above via ABC.

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