Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden landed in some hot water on Friday after making it very clear that he's fully taking the black vote for granted in November, should he receive his party's nomination.
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black," Biden said during an interview on The Breakfast Club radio show Friday morning.
In his subsequent apology, Biden said, "I've never, never, ever taken the African American community for granted." Oh, but he did, in the very same interview, nonetheless.
The former Delaware senator made the false claim that he had received an endorsement, "every time I’ve run," from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). One small problem: the NAACP doesn't endorse political candidates.
"Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about the NAACP’s endorsement," NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson responded in a statement. "We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level."
If he's confident enough to lie about endorsements from the NAACP and say blacks voting for Trump "ain't black," it's safe to say Joe Biden is taking the black vote for granted.
As the former vice president, Joe Biden presided over eight years of persistently-high unemployment levels for black Americans. Pre-coronavirus, the black unemployment level hit records lows under President Trump.
But earning the black vote has nothing to do with helping black Americans. It's all about identity politics, like saying blacks who support Trump "ain't black."