Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden confessed in an interview that aired Thursday that he while he thinks “the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” he can’t say the same for “the African American community.”
“Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden told a panel of journalists in the interview, according to the Washington Examiner.
He went on: “You go to Florida you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona.”
In essence, the former vice president said that Black voters are closed-minded and a monolithic community, while Latino voters have a wider range of opinions on a variety of issues.
But in a statement posted to his Twitter account later Thursday, Biden attempted to walk those remarks back.
“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,” he wrote, according to a separate report from the Examiner.
Biden added in a subsequent tweet that he’s “witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community” throughout his career.
“It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place,” he added, according to the Examiner. “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.”
Of course, that non-apology from Biden did nothing to quell the insults from critics, including at the Trump campaign. In a statement, campaign senior adviser Katrina Pierson classified the former VP’s remarks as “condescending white liberal racism.”
“There’s a reason Joe Biden can’t count on the support of Black voters and it’s because of his plantation owner mentality,” she went on to allege.
Pierson added: “President Trump has a true record of helping Black Americans, with unprecedented economic opportunity, record funding for HBCUs, criminal justice reform, and support for school choice. Joe Biden would rather we all just shut up, get in line, and know our place.”
One can only hope voters, too, hold Biden accountable for his insensitive remarks come Election Day.