Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has apparently decided not to say he’s sorry.
Without apologizing for the content of his remarks, the candidate claimed Thursday that he had been misunderstood when he said that members of “the African American community” don’t have the same “diversity” of thought as Latino voters, the Washington Examiner reported.
“I want to clarify”
Former Vice President Biden — or perhaps the “woke” intern who runs his Twitter account — said Thursday that he did not intend to assert that Black voters are a “monolith.”
“Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify. In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith — not by identity, not on issues, not at all,” a tweet from Biden read, according to the Examiner.
The remarks came in reference to a slip of the tongue by the Democrat in an interview taped Tuesday and released Thursday, when Biden suggested that African American voters, unlike Latino voters, are basically of one mind. It was just the latest comment from Biden suggesting that he views Black voters as a uniform group.
“Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden had said, as the Examiner reported.
According to Fox News, President Donald Trump came out swinging at his rival over the comments, saying later Thursday that Biden had “totally disparaged and insulted” the Black community.
“No longer worthy”
Trump had an even more forceful attack on Friday morning, tweeting, “After yesterday’s statement, Sleepy Joe Biden is no longer worthy of the Black Vote!”
Biden, for his part, continued his non-apology with a progressive word salad that skirted the issue.
“Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community,” he wrote on Twitter, according to the Examiner. “It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place. My commitment to you is this: I will always listen, I will never stop fighting for the African American community and I will never stop fighting for a more equitable future.”
Apparently, Biden doesn’t think a genuine apology is in order — but that isn’t terribly surprising coming from the candidate who said that African Americans who don’t vote for him “ain’t Black.”
It’s probably safe to assume that this won’t be the last time Biden’s handlers have to rush in with some contrived “clarification” to his ramblings. It’s going to be a long three months.