Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said he regrets his words to radio host Lenard McKelvey, known under the pseudonym Charlamagne Tha God, that he cannot call himself black if he supports U.S. President Donald Trump. His words are conveyed by The Hill.
In a telephone conversation with black business leaders, the most likely US Democratic candidate in the upcoming elections, Biden called his remarks “unceremonious,” adding that he never meant that he took black voters for granted or could tell them whom they should support. “I should not have been so smart. I shouldn’t have been so unceremonious, ”Biden said.
The politician’s words sparked controversy in the popular The Breakfast Club radio show after his presenter said he wanted to continue discussing issues affecting the African American community later. “Do you have more questions?” – answered Biden. “Well, I’ll tell you what, if you have a problem determining whether you or Trump are for me, then you are not black,” he added.
Biden’s spokeswoman Simon Sanders defended the politician, saying that the remarks were “made as a joke” and indicated Biden’s strong support for black voters, which ensured him a landslide victory during the party’s election.
Despite this, Republicans and even some Democratic leaders opposed these remarks, accusing Biden of lecturing African Americans on how to think, and casting doubt on the racial authenticity of black voters.