In a pre-taped interview, Joe Biden said “What you all know but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”
The presumptive presidential nominee released a three-tweet clarification on that statement.
He further explained that he did not undermine the African American community with the comment.
He did not suggest the community as a rigid or “monolith.”
“Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place,” said his tweet.
Biden ends his three-part tweet with a promise to the African American community that he will always listen to them, and he will never stop fighting for a more equitable future.
Seizing The Moment
In a tweet, Donald Trump said that “Wow! Joe Biden just lost the entire African American community. What a “dumb” thing to say!”
Trump’s senior adviser, Katrina Pierson, further commented that Biden’s statement was racist and that it is “disgusting.”
Biden is known to be supported by Black voters. His blow-out victory in South Carolina, during the Democratic primaries, was attributed to the community’s support.
He said that his decision to run for President in 2020 was largely influenced by Trump’s racist pronouncements.
Early in his presidency, he questions his successor, Barack Obama’s citizenship.
Trump has been vocal in expressing his frustration from immigrants and refers to them as coming from “s***hole countries.”
Trump collectively referred to white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia “as very fine people” on both sides, and Biden cites this as a reason for his bid for the presidency.