Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Joe Biden Is 'Just Wrong'

Amanda Cooper
May 25, 2020 - 4:18 pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden's remark about African Americans who support President Trump has created a national conversation about race and political identity. Biden made the following comment at the end of the Breakfast Club with host Charlemagne the God on Friday.

“Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

The former VP has since publicly apologized.  While on a conference call with The U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, Biden said, “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy, I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.” 
 
Both Republican and Democratic African Americans have blasted Biden’s comments.

Reverend Jessie Jackson, a civil rights icon as well as founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, spoke with me about Biden’s comment. In March, Rev. Jackson endorsed Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the democratic presidential race one month later. Jackson says Biden inherited the race, and a lot is riding on him. 

In a tweet, Republican Tim Scott from South Carolina said, “1.3 million black Americans already voted for Trump in 2016. This morning, Joe Biden told every single one of us we 'ain’t black.' I’d say I’m surprised, but it’s sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and browbeat those that don’t agree.”

Scott also tweeted Biden’s comment was “arrogant” and “condescending.”

The Trump campaign is using the former Vice President’s comment for fundraising. About an hour after the remark, T-shirts were available on the president’s website for $30, which featured the phrase “#youaintblack.”

Trump’s campaigned, also called Biden’s remark “racist and dehumanizing.”

Senior Biden adviser Symone Sanders also responded to Biden’s comment. In a tweet, she shared the following statement:

This is not the first time Biden has received criticism for comments related to race. Last year, he apologized for publicly referencing his working relationships with segregationist senators to highlight his bipartisan efforts.

Despite controversies, according to a poll on Projects Five Thirty-eight’s website, as of May 25, 2020, at 11:09 am, Biden is leading as the presidential favorite. 

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