In one of his biggest “gaffes” of the campaign, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden – who recently said “you ain’t black” if you are having a tough time deciding between voting for him or Trump – suggested Thursday that African-Americans basically all think the same way.
In an interview, Biden was asked about normalizing relations with Cuba when he veered way off the beaten path.
“And by the way, what you all know but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” he said. “You go to Florida you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona. So it’s a very different, a very diverse community.”
Compounding the embarrassment, Biden made these remarks to a panel of reporters at the National Association of Black Journalists-National Association of Hispanic Journalists virtual convention.
After getting immediately hammered on social media (though not particularly hard in the actual media, natch), Biden tweeted an apology. Well, not an apology, really, but a…something.
“In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith — not by identity, not on issues, not at all,” he tweeted, ignoring the fact that he did exactly that. “Throughout my career I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. 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.”
There is no other way to read Biden’s original remarks, however, than that he does indeed consider the black community to be a monolith. And that goes exactly hand in hand with his earlier assertion that actual black people would never vote for Trump. So this wasn’t just a slip of the tongue. It was only a “gaffe” in the sense that Biden accidentally said out loud thoughts that should have probably stayed in his degenerating mind.
“I just watched a clip and Joe Biden this morning totally disparaged and insulted the Black community,” President Trump told reporters. “I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it was a very insulting statement he made.”
Well, yes, but this is the Democratic Party – one of the most racist institutions in U.S. history. Their entire platform is built on insulting stereotypes and what some call the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” The only real mystery is how they keep getting away with it.