At last night’s townhall debate, Vice President. Joe Biden (D) was questioned on a number of topics, and Cedric Humphrey, a voter, brought up a comment that Biden made earlier this year while speaking to Charlamagne tha God of the Breakfast Club.
In his interview, Biden asserted that “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you aint black.”
This comment drew heavy criticism, and African-American conservatives launched attacks at the former Vice president, pointing out that Biden has showcased a series of racist remarks in his 47 years in office.
This culminated in Humphrey pressing Biden on his comment, asking the Vice President, “Besides ‘you aint black,’ what do you have to say to young black voters?”
In a press release from the Trump campaign, the campaign announced that it was releasing a new advertisement slamming Vice President Biden for his inaction on strengthening race relations.
In the release, the campaign explained that it has “launched. A new ad denouncing Joe Biden’s forty-seven year history of enacting discriminatory policies and insulting Americans of color.” Furthermore, “the ad highlights Joe Biden’s support of legislation that ripped apart Black families and wrecked their communities.”
The advertisement “also showcases Biden’s repeated, racist attacks against Black Americans who happen to disagree with his policy agenda,” noting that “while President. Trump promises continued success for the Black community through his Platinum Plan, Joe Biden plans to enact the same policies which have hurt Black Americans for decades.”
In response to Humphrey’s question, Biden questioned, “am I worthy of your vote, can I earn your vote?” With his response, Biden explained that “in addition to dealing with criminal justice system to make it fair and more decent, we have to be able to put Black Americans in a position to be able to gain wealth, generate wealth.”
Throughout the campaign trail, the former Vice President has made a number of comments that have been deemed insensitive towards minorities. As election day draws closer, Biden’s own campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, has warned. That the race is “far closer” than national polls have suggested.