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NBC News 22 May 2020

'I Shouldn't Have Been So Cavalier': Biden Regrets Black Vote Comments

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Former Vice President Joe Biden apologized for saying African American voters "ain't black" if they back President Donald Trump's reelection while interviewing with Charlamagne Tha God on his radio show, The Breakfast Club.


Trump 2020 senior advisor Katrina Pierson comments on Joe Biden's remarks about African American voters, and how 'mainstream' media outlets, as well as social media platforms such as Twitter silenced the story as well as people's reactions to it. - with Newsmax TV's Greg Kelly

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WE HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND. %
>> HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY %
WEEKEND. %
>> STAY SAFE. %
>>> JOE BIDEN NOW WALKING BACK %
COMMENTS ABOUT VOTERS THIS %
MORNING. %
>> IT’S A LONG WAY UNTIL
NOVEMBER. %
WE GOT MORE QUESTIONS. %
>> YOU GOT MORE QUESTIONS. %
IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, FIGURE %
OUT WHETHER YOU ARE FOR ME OR %
TRUMP. %
AND YOU AIN’T BLACK. %
>> TAKE A LOOK AT MY RECORD. %
I HAVE A RECORD THAT IS SECOND %
TO NONE. %
THE NAACP ENDORSED ME EVERY
TIME. %
COME ON. %
TAKE A LOOK AT THE RECORD. %
>> BIDEN SAID HE SHOULD NOT
HAVE BEEN SO CAVALIER. %
>> THE LAST THING I WANT TO DO %
AND I SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN SUCH %
A WISE GUY. %
I DON’T THINK TAKE IT FOR %
GRANTED AND NO ONE, NO ONE % SHOULD HAVE TO VOTE FOR ANY %
SHOULD HAVE TO VOTE FOR ANY %
PARTY BASED ON THEIR RACE OR
RELIGION OR BACKGROUND. %
IF AFRICAN-AMERICANS THINK %
TRUMP IS WORTH VOTING FOR. %
I SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN SO %
CAVALIER. %
JOINING US NOW FROM WASHINGTON.
GIVE US A LITTLE BIT OF %
BACKGROUND. %
WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT INTERVIEW
THIS MORNING? %
>> HEY THERE. %
>> THE BACK STORY ON THIS WHOLE
CONVERSATION GOES BACK QUITE A %
WAYS INTO THE PRIMARY IN WHICH %
JUST ABOUT EVERY DEMOCRATIC
PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL APPEARED %
ON THIS POPULAR SHOW, THE
BREAKFAST CLUB, EXCEPT FOR JOE %
BIDEN. %
AND WHAT WAS INTESTING IS
THAT THE BLACK VOTE, THE %
AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTE WAS SO %
CRITICAL FOR JOE BIDEN. %
AND REALLY THE REASON HE’S NOW
THE NOMINEE. %
THE SHOW WAS PRESSURING HIM AND
FINALLY THEY MANAGED TO GET %
THAT TOGETHER. %
AND DURING A 20 MINUTE %
CONVERSATION, THERE WAS SOME
TENSE BACK AND FORTH. %
QUESTIONING HIM ABOUT THE 1994 %
CRIME BILL, LEGALIZATION OF %
MARIJUANA. %
AND WITH THE TOUGH BACK AND
FORTH, THAT MOMENT AT THE END
THERE REALLY GOT BIDEN IN %
TROUBLE. %
JUST AS THEY WERE WRAPPING
THINGS UP. %
AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN JUMPED
ON THAT QUICKLY. %
AND WE SAW HIS CAMPAIGN TRYING % TO DO SOME DAMAGE CONTROL. %
TO DO SOME DAMAGE CONTROL. %
>> THE TONE OF THE INTERVIEW AT
>> THE TONE OF THE INTERVIEW AT
THE END. %
I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT
HE WAS SAYING. %
HE WILL PUT HIS TRACK RECORD UP
WITH THAT IN THE AFRICAN-%
AMERICAN COMMUNITY UP AGAINST
DONALD TRUMP ANY SINGLE DAY, %
PERIOD. %
>> AS WE WALKED ALL THIS PLAY
OUT. %
IT’S WHAT WE SAW FROM THE TRUMP
CAMPAIGN. %
THEY SAW A FIRE RAGING ON %
TWITTER AND FANNED THE FLAMES. %
IT TOOK THE BIDEN CAMPAIGN TO
RECOGNIZE THE PROBLEM AND GET
BIDEN OUT TO CLEAN THIS UP. %
AN INDICATION OF HOW THINGS
MIGHT PLAY OUT IN THE FUTURE. %
>> LET’S TALK VP. %
WE’RE STARTING TO GET A BETTER
SENSE OF WHAT THE SHORT LOOK %
COULD LOOK LIKE? %
CAN YOU TALK TO US ABOUT IT NOW
THAT WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A
SENSE? %
>> WE TALKED ABOUT THIS EVEN
THOUGH IT LEADS TO BIGGER %
CONVERSATION. %
WE’VE SPENT A LITTLE BIT MORE
TIME ON IT. %
AND WHY WE’RE SUDDENLY TALKING
ABOUT IT AGAIN. %
SOME OF THE POTENTIAL %
CANDIDATES ARE COMING OUT AND %
BEING HONEST ABOUT THE FACT IN
THE WAY THAT THEY TYPICALLY
AREN’T. %
SAYING THAT THEY ARE BEING %
VETTED. %
MICHIGAN GOVERNOR GRETCHEN %
WHITMER WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO
SAY SHE’S HAD CONVERSATIONS
WITH BIDEN’S TEAM. %
WE HEARD FROM CONGRESSWOMAN VAL
DEMINGS OF FLORIDA. %
SHE SAID SHE’S ON THE SHORT %
LIST. %
AND SOMEBODY ELSE WALKED THAT
BACK SAYING SHE’S ON A LIST. %
SHE SAID THANKS BUT NO THANKS. %
SHE WANTS TO FOCUS ON HER %
SENATE RACE. %
SHE’LL DO ANYTHING SHE CAN TO %
HELP THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT
IN HIS CAMPAIGN. %
AND AMY KLOBUCHAR. %
SOMEONE WHO IS SEEN AS BEING ON
THE SHORT LIST. %
WE KNOW SHE’S BEING APPROACHED
AS WELL. %
THE BIDEN CAMPAIGN AND BIDEN %
HIMSELF ON AN INTERVIEW WITH %
STEPHEN COLBERT ON THE LATE
SHOW, A LITTLE BIT OF BRAKES. %
FULL VETTING HASN’T ACTUALLY %
GUN. %
MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO
GO THROUGH THE PROCESS. %
AND THEN FORMAL INTERVIEWS AND
INSPECTION OF THEIR RECORDS AND
PAST POLICIES THAT COULD BECOME
ISSUES IN THE FALL. %
>>> BIDEN HAS PROMISED TO PICK %
A WOMAN BUT WHAT ELSE IS HE % LOOKING FOR? %
LOOKING FOR? %
I THINK WHAT’S SO INTERESTING
AND, IT’S PROBABLY LESS SO NOW.
DEMOCRATS RECOGNIZE THIS. %
THIS VP THING IS PROBABLY MORE %
IMPORTANT THAN USUAL. %
I THINK A LOT OF FOLKS DON’T
NECESSARILY EXPECT JOE BIDEN TO
SERVE TWO TERMS. %
A LOT OF DEMOCRATS SEE THIS AS
POTENTIALLY JOE BIDEN CHOOSING %
THE NEXT NOMINEE IN 2024. %
THAT’S WHY YOU’VE SEEN PEOPLE %
LOBBYING FOR. %
BIDEN IS LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY %
WHO CAN STEP IN AND BE %
PRESIDENT IF THEY NEED TO. %
HE’S GOING TO BE 78 IF HE’S
SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT NEXT %
JANUARY. %
HE WANTS TO BE SIMPATICO. %
THAT’S THE WORD HE ALWAYS USES.
HE WANTS THAT PERSON TO BE A %
TEAM PLAYER AND SHARE HIS %
VISION FOR THE COUNTRY. %
AND HE’S NOT AFRAID TO HAVE
SOMEBODY CHALLENGE HIM. %
HE ALWAYS HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY %
AS THE VICE PRESIDENT AND WOULD
GIVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO % SOMEBODY HE CHOOSES AS WELL. %
SOMEBODY HE CHOOSES AS WELL. %
>> DEALING WITH TARA REED %
>> DEALING WITH TARA REED %
SEXUAL ASSAULT -- %
>> SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS AND
ONE THAT IS NOT GETTING ENOUGH
ATTENTION. %
BROUGHT ON TO REPRESENT TARA %
REED AND WE HAD BEGUN TO HEAR %
FROM HIM AS THE FORMER VICE
PRESIDENT WAS COMMENTING ON THE
ALLEGATIONS AND HE WAS SENDING
LETTERS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF
DELAWARE. %
HE HAS NOW DROPPED TARA REED AS
HIS CLIENT. %
HE SAYS THIS IS NOT A %
REFLECTION OF THE SUBSTANCE OF %
HER ALLEGATION BUT HE’S MOVING %
ON. %
AND I THINK WE HAD THIS %
CONVERSATION THAT WHEN HE WAS %
HIRED I SAW THIS AS A WARNING %
SIGN. %
HE’S A MEDIA SAVVY ATTORNEY, %
SOMEBODY WHO HAS REPRESENTED %
HIGH PROFILE ASSAULT CASES IN %
THE PAST. %
THE FACT THAT HE’S STEPPING %
AWAY IS JUST AS SIGNIFICANT. %
THE BIDEN CAMPAIGN FEELS %
THEY’VE MOVED BEYOND THIS. %
SOME OF HER PAST RELATIONSHIPS
IN TERMS OF PEOPLE SHE WORKED
FOR AND PEOPLE ACCUSING HER OF
BEING MANIPULATIVE AND TRYING %
TO ASK FOR MONEY. %
THIS HAS TURNED OUT TO BE A %
PROBLEMATIC STORY LINE FOR HER
AND LESS SO FOR THE BIDEN
CAMPAIGN. %
>> YEAH, MIKE. %
THE HEADLINE CAUGHT MY %
ATTENTION. %
SO GLAD WE WERE ABLE TO TALK %

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