Former Vice President Joe Biden raised eyebrows Thursday with comments comparing the African American and Latino communities.
Biden remarked in an interview released that “unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community.”
Biden was addressing the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Joint Virtual Convention. Portions of the interview were aired Wednesday, and the full video was streamed Thursday.
National Public Radio’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked Biden about whether he would stop the deportation of Cubans.
“I’m going to look at every single country in the world … this guy [President Donald Trump] is sending them back,” Biden said, promising to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program on his first day in office, one of several such first-day promises Biden has made.
Garcia-Navarro followed up, asking whether Biden would attempt to restore the Obama-Biden administration’s policy of improving relations with communist Cuba.
“Yes,” he said. Biden then went on to add:
“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 … it’s a very diverse community.”
Biden attempted to explain that point by arguing that Latinos in Florida and Arizona had different views on immigration.
Garcia-Navarro did not ask Biden why he thought the black community was not diverse. She moved on to a different topic.
Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to the president’s reelection campaign, tweeted an outraged response:
When suspected white supremacists get older, they lose their ability to filter their thoughts. So they express their real racist views.— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) August 6, 2020
Joe Biden said:
“Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community"
Joe Biden: ‘Unlike the African American Community ... the Latino Community Is an Incredibly Diverse Community‘ https://t.co/mceJwwG7aV via @BreitbartNews. Wow! Joe Biden just lost the entire African American community. What a “dumb” thing to say!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2020
Coincidentally, the Biden campaign released an ad Thursday aimed at black voters that likened President Trump to the “violent racists” of the Jim Crow past.
Biden later took to his twitter account to clarify and apologize for his comments.
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.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 7, 2020
Joe Biden apologizes for comments he made that suggested that the African-American community was not diverse https://t.co/Tr2X45WH8m— Bloomberg (@business) August 7, 2020
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