Joe Biden’s gaffes and blunders have often left the Democrat presidential hopeful’s campaign scrambling to clean up his mess — and this week was no different.
According to Breitbart, Biden’s campaign was forced to issue a statement of clarification Wednesday after the former vice president asserted that President Donald Trump is the “first” racist to ever be elected to the White House.
“No sitting president has ever done this, never, never, never,” Biden said of Trump, according to NBC News. “No Republican president has done this, no Democratic president… We’ve had racists and they’ve existed, they’ve tried to get elected president, but he’s the first one that has.”
Biden’s latest blunder
According to Breitbart, the comments were uttered Wednesday when the Democratic presidential candidate participated in an online discussion with members of the Democrat-aligned Service Employees International Union (SEIU). There, Biden responded to a member’s criticism of the different terms that President Trump has used to link the coronavirus pandemic to the communist Chinese regime.
Biden quickly deemed those assorted terms to be “racist,” as NBC reported. But his comments about Trump being the “first” with such ideology to work in the Oval Office drew swift criticism.
“How the hell can Donald Trump be the first racist president in a country where 12 presidents before him owned slaves?” rapper-turned-radio host Charlamagne Tha God said Thursday, according to Fox News.
“His calling card”
Trying to save face, Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders issued a statement later Wednesday maintaining that while he could have been more clear, the crux of Biden’s remark — that Trump is uniquely the worst racist ever, or something — still held true.
“There have been a number of racist American presidents, but Trump stands out — especially in modern history — because he made running on racism and division his calling card and won,” Sanders said in her statement, according to Politico. “He deliberately foments both, intentionally causing indescribable pain because he thinks it advantages him politically.”
Referencing the former Democrat Alabama governor who unsuccessfully ran for the White House in 1968 on an explicit platform of segregation, Sanders added: “The George Wallaces of our country’s history who have run on these hate-filled themes have lost.”
The bottom line
In the end, no amount of clarification from Biden’s campaign will fix the fact that, for all intents and purposes, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee essentially argued that Trump is worse than the dozen slave-owning former presidents — eight of whom owned slaves while serving as president, according to Business Insider — as well as the presidents who endorsed and supported slavery and segregation.
Business Insider also pointed to presidents like Woodrow Wilson, who supported the Ku Klux Klan, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who forced Japanese-Americans into internment camps during World War II.
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has seen the unemployment rate among Black Americans at record-lows throughout his presidency, and has made great strides in the realm of criminal justice reform with measures like the First Step Act, among others. What does Biden have to say about that?