Former Vice President Joe Biden provoked anger last week when he said during a radio interview that African American voters who aren’t sure whether to support him or President Donald Trump in the November election “ain’t black.”
After experiencing backlash over the racially-insensitive remarks, Biden issued an apology, stating that he “shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” and as far as Fox News contributor Donna Brazile is concerned, that’s good enough.
Brazile defends Biden
Brazile told fellow panel members on Fox News Sunday that she was satisfied with Biden’s response and urged people to focus on other matters.
“I’m black from the ground up, but here’s what I do believe. I believe that Joe Biden was incorrect in saying the statement you [ain’t] black, but I also believe that his apology was sufficient,” Breitbart quoted the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman as saying.
“Here we live in a country where thousands of people have died, and a disproportionate number of them are people of color, African-Americans, communities of color,” she continued.
“So I would rather spend more time talking about these disparities that we have seen that have been amplified during this pandemic when speaking about Joe Biden and his record of blackness,” Brazile added.
In an-op ed penned for Fox News, Brazile praised Biden as a “true friend of African Americans,” and asserted that it is “absolutely absurd for anyone to call him a racist” because of his poor choice of words during a radio chat.
Not everyone’s buying it
However, while Brazile and others on the left have been doing damage control for the former vice president, not everyone has been so understanding.
Among the latter group is conservative activist Candace Owens, who said in a tweet that Biden’s words were “disgusting” and reflected the view that African Americans are “trained chimpanzees who should not ask questions, but perform the same circus act every four years.”
Also expressing objection was Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who in 2014 made history by becoming the first black senator elected in South Carolina since Reconstruction.
“One point three million African Americans voted for Trump,” Scott noted during an appearance on Fox News. “He’s saying to 1.3 million African-Americans that you are not black?”
“Who in the heck does he think he is?” the legislator continued. “That is the most arrogant, outrageous comment that I’ve heard in a very long time and I take offense to that.”