Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden set off a firestorm on Friday when he said to Charlamagne tha God during an interview, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
He later apologized for the remarks, saying he was sorry he was “cavalier.”
“I should not have been so cavalier,” he said. “I’ve never, never, ever taken the African American community for granted.” He said he shouldn’t have been such a “wise guy.” “No-one should have to vote for any party based on their race, their religion, their background.”
Here’s the problem. It wasn’t “cavalier,” it’s what he thinks. He even said “you ain’t black,” changing his speaking, apparently thinking that’s “black.”
Within that same interview Biden spewed more crazy talk, speaking to Charlamagne on criminal justice reform, telling him that “everyone in jail” was abused (or their mothers were abused), they couldn’t read and had no skills. Biden also claimed, falsely, that the NAACP had endorsed him every time he ran when the NAACP has never endorsed anyone for political election. Were those insane remarks/lies “cavalier” as well? Apparently he’s entitled to the NAACP’s endorsement as well, even though the organization doesn’t give endorsements.
Biden’s remarks sparked a ton of criticism from black Americans on both sides of the aisle including Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Fox’s Harris Faulkner, Al Sharpton, Vernon Jones, and Mia Love. All were understandably offended by the contention that being “black” should somehow depend on for whom you voted.
But apparently, Rep. Val Demings (D-Fl) missed why it was so offensive and decided to put her own foot in it in defense of Biden.
Dana Bash asked her what she thought of the reactions by Tim Scott and Mia Love.
"I think it’s interesting that the president searched high and low to find African-American members of the Senate and a former member of Congress to speak out on this issue."@RepValDemings appears to accuse @realDonaldTrump of asking @SenatorTimScott and @MiaBLove to speak out. pic.twitter.com/PWWj1IdGKk
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 24, 2020
“I think it’s interesting that the president searched high and low to find African-American members of the Senate and a former member of Congress to speak out on this issue,” Demings replied.
Seriously? So you mean she disregards all the people offended by this and suggests Trump had Scott and Love speak out on this, that they aren’t able to be offended all on their own? That’s doubling down on the offensive.
As for wondering what conservative or other Republicans thought, there was a raft of unhappy opinion about the remark, no one had to search “high or low” for it. If Demings didn’t see it, she wasn’t looking because it was all over Twitter.
She said she was glad Biden said it because it invited conversation on race. Yes, being racist often evokes conversation but one doesn’t encourage it.
She really doesn’t want to have a comparison on record between Trump and Biden for black voters, because Biden would suffer badly for it.
Of course, all this spinning for Biden is not surprising — she’s on Biden’s shortlist of vice presidential running mates.