Joe Biden’s mental instability took a back seat to his embedded, racist mindset yesterday, when he said on The Breakfast Club with New York’s Power 105.1 FM, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
The comment quickly sparked national outrage. In fact, although CNN did it’s best to downplay the massive scandal, and Sheila Jackson Lee tried to excuse Biden’s bigotry, the ‘gaffe’ may be the final straw for many voters.
Wow. Joe Biden actually remembered what he wanted to say… and it was pretty terrible. pic.twitter.com/3pb9Y8MVcf
— Beth Baumann (@eb454) May 22, 2020
In addition to touting his “record,” Biden mistakenly stated that the NAACP “has endorsed me every time I’ve run.”
The NAACP was quick to refute that claim.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) responded Friday evening to comments earlier in the day by former Vice President Joe Biden, who claimed — falsely — that the NAACP had endorsed him.
…Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, issued a statement:
Yesterday [sic], former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about the NAACP’s endorsement. We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level. Persons affiliated with the NAACP at the national, state, and local levels are free to make candidate endorsements in a personal capacity, but they do not reflect support by the NAACP as an organization. The NAACP has one mission and that is fighting for and advancing our Black communities towards an equitable reality. Our primary focus at this moment is to ensure that our communities that have been victims of domestic terrorism and disproportionately impacted by this pandemic have the opportunity to cast their powerful vote come November.
The response on Twitter was swift to call out the highly offensive remark.
Dementia often reveals the true person within. #PlantationJoe has been a condescending blowhard since his proud days of beating up “bad dude” Corn Pop down at the pool. His latest #YouAintBlack racist filth is not a gaffe. It’s the demon emerging from a rotten soul.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 22, 2020
-Authored the Crime Bill of 94
-Voted against forcing white kids to bus with black kids.
-Was so pro-segregation, he stated that forced integration was “the most racist concept you can come up with”
But if you’re educated and know all of this, #YouAintBlack
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 22, 2020
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) May 22, 2020
I’ve been black all my life.
But I’ve never been anyone’s property, especially not @JoeBiden.
You’re not entitled to black support, Joe. You haven’t even earned it. pic.twitter.com/ZcqKC0dMak
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) May 22, 2020
.@JoeBiden, for some reason, thinks he owns black people.
Well, let me make one thing clear: he surely doesn’t own me.
As an young black man and first time voter, I’m disgusted.
Absolutely disgusted. pic.twitter.com/iz81kpTJka
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) May 22, 2020
Fox News reported on CNN’s deliberate lack of coverage:
CNN, which often dedicates wall-to-wall coverage for any latest controversy from President Trump, virtually avoided covering Joe Biden‘s “you ain’t black” remarks Friday morning that sparked backlash throughout the day.
Later in the afternoon, Biden walked back those remarks during a conversation with black business leaders, stopping short of a full apology.
“I’ve never ever taken the African-American community for granted, had their support … I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. I shouldn’t have been so cavalier,” Biden later said. “I don’t take it for granted at all, and no one, no one should have to vote for any party, based on their race or religion or background.”
Still, Biden’s remarks dominated the conversation on social media with the hashtags #YouAintBlack and #JoeBidenIsARacist trending on Twitter.
Fox News and MSNBC covered the dust-up throughout the day. ABC News, CBS News and NBC News all addressed the controversy on their evening programs.
However, CNN’s lack of coverage throughout the day was called out by critics.
“Fascinating to watch how the left-leaning cable networks have covered Biden’s ‘you ain’t black’ comment. MSNBC has discussed it nearly every hour… CNN hasn’t mentioned it once,” former CNN digital producer-turned-media critic Steve Krakauer tweeted.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley pointed out the “crickets” coming from CNN. In the afternoon, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called out the network for going hours without mentioning the controversy.
“It’s been over 5 HOURS since Biden told Black people they ‘ain’t black’ if they support @realDonaldTrump. How many times has CNN mentioned his bigoted comment on air? ZERO. Unreal,” McDaniel tweeted.
She later slammed the anti-Trump network for waiting until “12 hours” to mention Biden’s “bigoted remarks,” tweeting, “We all know that if a Republican made a similar comment, CNN would have reworked their entire day of programming to feature 9-person panels condemning it. The bias is unbelievable.”
“When you take into account how both MSNBC covered this repeatedly and Biden decided to issue a mea culpa, you’re left with no conceivable excuse for CNN other than they did so on purpose,” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck told Fox News. “Instead, they decided that trashing the administration for allowing houses of worship to reopen and gleefully touting negative hydroxychloroquine headlines were jobs one and two.”
Houck continued: “CNN has their insane way of going about their newsgathering, presentation and selection, but ignoring a story like this for hours and hours reminds us that their demands that other news organizations act like they do should not only be dismissed but laughed out of the room.”
CNN didn’t offer a full on-air report of Biden’s remarks until the end of the 7 p.m. ET hour, when anchor Erin Burnett spoke with Charlamagne tha God about the interview, making it the last major news network to report on Biden’s comments. It had articles published on the website earlier in the day.
Instead, the network spent much of the day offering critical coverage of the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
Jordan Chariton, co-founder of the progressive media outlet Status Coup, said CNN’s lack of coverage of the controversy is because the network “has been in the tank for Biden for over a year.”
“They dragged their feet on many stories related to him including him lying on being arrested in apartheid South Africa on his way to meeting Nelson Mandela,” Chariton told Fox News. “Outlets like CNN are protectors of the status quo and as such, they will always try and cover up bad stories for candidates like Biden rather than cover and challenge him.”
Biden’s closet racism has never been a problem for many democrats in power, but this remark seems to have forced a divide.