United States: Joe Biden forced to apologize after "black vote" blunder
Joe Biden during the remote interview in the program "The Breakfast Club" of radio host Charlamagne tha God, at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, May 22, 2020 (video capture). THE BREAKFAST CLUB ON POWER 105.1 / Handout via REUTERS
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The Democratic candidate for the White House was forced to apologize after a statement deemed racist or condescending towards African-Americans. Asked by the black host of a New York radio show, Joe Biden told him that he was not black if they hesitated to vote for Donald Trump.
From our correspondent in Washington,
" I shouldn't have been so cavalier, I don't take black voting for granted at all, " said Joe Biden to apologize. A few hours earlier, the Democratic candidate for the White House had made one of those blunders of which he has the secret during a popular radio program hosted by an African-American: " If you hesitate to vote between Donald Trump and me, so you're not black, ”he said.
The republican camp immediately reacted. Donald Trump Jr, the president's son, spoke of the racist and disgusting mentality of the Democratic candidate. And the only Republican black senator, Tim Scott, went to express his outrage on Fox News. “ One million three hundred thousand African Americans voted for Trump . He says that one million three hundred thousand African-Americans are not black? But who does he think he is? This is the most arrogant, the most outrageous comment I have heard in a very long time, ”he said.
A White House adviser also stepped up to denounce the words of the Democratic candidate. Asked about Donald Trump's racist remarks, she accused the media of taking them out of context.
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