Biden Tells African-American Radio Host "You Ain't Black" if You're Considering Voting for Trump

May 22, 2020

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In a Friday-morning interview with prominent African-American radio host Charlamagne tha God, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said, "I you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." As The New York Times notes, the comment drew immediate blowback on social media. Noting that "1.3 million black Americans already voted for Trump in 2016," Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate, tweeted a statement which read, "This morning, Joe Biden told every single one of us we ‘ain’t black.' I’d say I’m surprised, but it’s sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and brow beat those that don’t agree.” Symone Sanders, an African-American adviser to the Biden campaign, later tweeted that the former vice president's comments were "in jest," and that he "was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African-American community up against Trump's any day."