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Washington Post 24 May 2020

Democrats say Biden's apology for 'you ain't black' comment is enough


Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) was among those who weighed in May 24 on former vice president Joe Biden's controversial racial comments.

Krystal and Saagar discuss former NFL player Terry Crews' panel discussion on The Talk where he brings up Biden's "you ain't black" moment.
Political activist duo Diamond and Silk comment exclusively on former Vice President Joe Biden's appearance on talk show 'The Breakfast Club,' where he suggested that voters who do not vote for him 'ain't black.' - with Newsmax TV's Sean Spicer

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Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James slammed former Vice President Joe Biden after Biden said that if you support President Trump "then you ain't black."
In a May 22 interview on "the Breakfast Club," former vice president Joe Biden said to host Charlamagne Tha God, "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."

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-We got more questions.
-You got more questions. But I tell you what.
If you have a problem figuring out
whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black.
-It don't have nothing to do with Trump.
-Now, Republican Senator Tim Scott
called it arrogant and insensitive.
Former Republican Congresswoman Mia Love
said it was incredibly offensive and racist.
What do you think about that comment?
Was it out of line?
-We've got to hold everybody accountable,
even those that we do support.
Look -- the vice president shouldn't have said it.
He apologized for it.
But I really think the goal and the nerve of President Trump
to try to use this in his campaign?
He, who has since day one done everything within his power,
of course, supported by his enablers,
to divide this country, particularly along racial lines?
Look -- let's talk about race because we definitely need to.
We see it in housing.
We see it in voting rights.
We see it in healthcare.
We see it in education.
Mr President, let's do have a serious conversation
about race in America.
And how about working for all people
that you are supposed to represent?
-I believe that Joe Biden was incorrect
in saying the statement "You ain't black."
But I also believe that his apology was sufficient.
Here we live in a country where thousands of people have died,
and a disproportionate number of them are people of color,
African-Americans, communities of color.
And so, I would rather spend more time
talking about the disparities
that we have seen that have been amplified during this pandemic
than speaking about Joe Biden and his record of blackness.
-Martha, note to older white, male candidates --
do not tell black people what is black enough
or who is black enough.
It's just not gonna fly.
Now, I'm not sure how it's going to play.
Some of the younger African-American voters,
they don't like this notion
of how Biden speaks about black people, sometimes.
They believe in some cases
Democrats take black votes for granted.
They're not down with that.
Some of the older African-American voters,
again, in a very diverse group, believe that when the president
said things like "s-hole" countries
and that there are good people on both sides
in the situation in Charlottesville,
where you had white supremacists and Nazis show up
and literally kill a woman, that this does not matter
that much in the grand scheme of things.
But turnout is key, so it could matter.
-It violated a simple number-one rule.
You have to project that you're gonna earn every vote,
fight for every vote,
just like you're gonna fight for this country.
And what this said underneath was,
"I'm gonna get your vote no matter what I do
because the other guy's worse than me."
And that violates Politics 101.

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