President Donald Trump crowed on Friday that Joe Biden ‘lost the Black vote’ with his Democratic rival’s statement suggesting the Latino American community is more diverse than African Americans.
‘Sleepy Joe Biden just lost the Black Vote. This statement is a disaster from which their is no recovery!,’ he tweeted with a clip of Biden’s comments.
Trump has sought support from African Americans as polls show they prefer Biden.
The former vice president was on clean up duty Thursday after his remarks and attempted to walk back the issue when he clarified what he said about the two minority communities, both of whom are huge voting blocs for Democrats.
President Donald Trump crowed that Joe Biden ‘lost the Black vote’ with his comments on the Latino and African American communities
Biden wrote on Twitter: ‘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.’
In an interview on Thursday, NPR host Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked Biden if he would stop Cubans from being deported if he became president. Biden replied with a confusing comment about race in America.
‘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.
His wording resulted in a slew of backlash and criticism.
By Thursday evening Biden had responded to the outrage. He did not use the word ‘sorry’ but added: ‘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.’
‘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,’ Biden said during an interview
His response came after he was asked by NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro if Biden would put a stop to deporting Cubans from America if he became president
By Thursday evening Biden had responded to the criticism on Twitter
Trump also criticized his rival on Thursday for ‘totally disparaging’ black people in the slip-up.
‘Wow! Joe Biden just lost the entire African American community. What a ‘dumb’ thing to say!’ Trump tweeted along with a link to a right-wing news website with coverage of the gaffe.
The president has sought support from black voters and often touts a criminal justice reform package he signed into law. Biden enjoys strong support from the community and several African American women – Senator Kamala Harris, Rep. Karen Bass, and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice – are on the short list to be his running mate.
Polls also show Biden leading Trump by several dozen percentage points among black voters
Before departing from the White House for a trip to Ohio Thursday, Trump ripped into Biden for the comments, which were aired Thursday during a pre-recorded interview with the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
‘I just watched the clip, and Joe Biden, this morning, totally disparaged and insulted the black community,’ Trump told reporters gathered on the South Lawn.
‘What he said is incredible,’ the president continued. ‘And I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it’s a very insulting statement he made.’
President Donald Trump said before departing the White House Thursday that Joe Biden ‘totally disparaged and insulted the black community’ with his comments that aired earlier
In a follow-up tweet to his White House remarks, Trump claimed Biden ‘just lost the entire African American community’ with those comments
The interview, which aired in full on Thursday, was conducted by different journalists part of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists
During that same interview, Biden stunned Garcia-Navarro’s co-interviewer CBS News’ Errol Barnett when he made the comment ‘Are you a junkie?’
The remarks came after the former vice president said he would not take a cognitive test despite goading from Trump that his Democratic rival wouldn’t be able to beat his score.
‘Mr. Vice President, your opponent in this election, President Trump, has made your mental state a campaign topic,’ Barnett posed. ‘Have you taken a cognitive test?’
‘No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?’ Biden said to Barnett during the interview, which aired in full Thursday, but clips were released Wednesday.
‘Come on man. That’s like saying, before you got in this program, did you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?,’ the presumed Democratic nominee added with a laugh.
Barnett appeared confused by the response.
‘What do you say to President Trump, who brags about his test and makes your mental state an issue for voters?’ Barnett asked.
‘Well, if he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,’ Biden said.
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment, the test in question, is a ten-minute test of cognitive abilities, which includes a question where it has the taker identify an animal such as an elephant, lion or camel.
Trump bragged he has ‘aced’ the cognitive test and has challenged Biden to take it, claiming he wouldn’t pass.
‘Joe should take that test, because something’s going on. And, and, I say this with respect. I mean — going to probably happen to all of us, right? You know? It’s going to happen,’ he told Fox News last month.The president also said the tests gets harder as it goes on.
The president’s test was given at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in early 2018 by Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who was then a White House physician but is not running for a Texas House seat as a Republican, The Washington Post reported.
Biden said he is looking forward to meeting the president in their three debates, where voters would be able to judge both candidates’ mental fitness for themselves.
His confirmation that he will participate comes as some Democrats have suggested Biden should set them out.
‘I’m so forward looking [sic] to sit with or stand with the president in debates. There’s going to be plenty of times,’ Biden said. ‘I am very willing to let the public to judge my physical as well as my mental fitness and, well, you know, to make a judgement about who I am.’
In an interview with ‘Fox News Sunday’ last month, host Chris Wallace told the president he also took the test and it wasn’t the ‘hardest.’
‘Well, it’s not the hardest test,’ Wallace said. ‘They have a picture and it says, ‘What’s that?’ And it’s an elephant.’
Trump shot back: ‘Yes, the first few questions are easy, but I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions.’
‘I’ll bet you couldn’t,’ Trump challenged. ‘They get very hard, the last five questions.’
President Trump defended his score on a cognitive test last month in an interview with Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday’
Trump often brags about his mental prowess and has called himself a ‘very stable genius.’
Medical experts said the test does not measure a person’s IQ or intellectual abilities but is designed to flag the beginning of cognitive decline that could come with age or a medical condition such as Alzheimer’s or a stroke.
And the White House has not said why the president needed to take a test of his cognitive abilities.
Trump and his campaign have pushed for questions of Biden’s mental abilities – at age 77 Biden is three years old than Trump – but it’s the president who has faced health questions, particularly after his commencement speech at West Point in June where he had difficulty walking down a ramp and had to use two hands to lift a glass of water.