Former Vice President Joe Biden made a rare public appearance on Monday, marking the first time that he had been seen outside of his house in two months, according to the Washington Examiner.
Accompanied by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee marked Memorial Day by laying a floral wreath at the Veterans Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware.
“It feels good to be out of my house,” the Examiner quoted Biden as saying to reporters. “Never forget the sacrifices that these men and women made. Never, ever, forget.”
Mr. and Mrs. Biden were both wearing black face masks, as were members of the Secret Service security detail that accompanied them.
Gaffes continue amid seclusion
Biden stopped in-person attendance of live campaign functions in mid-March, and he has instead been conducting media interviews and appearances via webcam from his Delaware home.
The change in approach was ostensibly made due to worries about coronavirus. However, some observers have suggested that the move was also designed to limit the gaffe-prone Biden’s potential for making embarrassing statements.
If that claim is true, then the strategy has failed miserably, something that was evident from a recent interview in which he opined that African Americans “ain’t black” if they don’t support him over Donald Trump this November.
Those comments were made on Friday to New York-based urban radio host Charlemagne Tha God in response to a suggestion that Biden pay a visit to the show’s studio ahead of the election because the host had “more questions.”
“You ain’t black”
Biden didn’t seem happy about the prospect of having to answer additional queries and snapped, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” the former vice president snapped back.
Those words brought immediate blowblack, including from prominent African American conservatives such as Candace Owens, who tweeted that Biden’s remarks were “disgusting” and reflected the view that blacks are just “trained chimpanzees who should not ask questions, but perform the same circus act every four years.”
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) expressed his feelings as well, telling Fox News, “One point three million African Americans voted for Trump. He’s saying to 1.3 million African Americans that you are not black?”
“Who in the heck does he think he is?” Scott continued. “That is the most arrogant, outrageous comment that I’ve heard in a very long time and I take offense to that.”