Biden’s attempt to ‘clarify’ comments on African American diversity raises even more questions

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Former Vice President Joe Biden attempted to “clarify” his comments after coming under fire for speaking on “diversity” in the African American community.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee took to social media on Thursday to attempt a clean-up of remarks he made earlier that day comparing black and Latino communities. While his initial words sparked a backlash and even a reaction from President Donald Trump, his clarification addressing the situation set off speculation about whether he had even written the tweets.

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Biden’s initial comments came during a video call with the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists on Thursday.

“Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” he told NPR reporter Lulu Garcia-Navarro. “You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona.”

Imagine a Republican essentially stating that African-Americans all think the same. And this from the same Democrat who, in May, told one black radio host that any black people who are undecided about voting for him over Trump “ain’t black.”

“Wow! Joe Biden just lost the entire African American community. What a ‘dumb’ thing to say!” Trump tweeted on Thursday.

The president wondered if something was “going on with him” when he was asked about the comments by reporters, saying Biden “disparaged and insulted the black community.”

“What he said is incredible,” Trump said outside the White House. “I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it was a very insulting statement he made. I guess you’ll figure that out, you’ll see it in a little while. It was a great insult to the Black community.”


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After backlash over the remarks, Biden’s Twitter account posted a sort of explanation.

“I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify,” Biden wrote. “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 went on to note the “diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community” and vowed he would “never stop fighting” for them.

The tweets seemed to raise even more questions.


Even as some wondered how the clarification could be considered an apology, it seems the Biden campaign thought it might be a good idea to let the Democrat tackle the issue again in person.

Biden campaign Senior Adviser Symone Sanders insisted the former vice president was “referring to diversity of attitudes among Latinos” and soon, Biden was before the camera, seeming to make things worse.


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“We can build an administration that reflects the full diversity of our nation and the full diversity of the Latino community,” he said Thursday in an online conference held by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

“Now what I mean [by] full diversity, unlike [the] African-American community and many other communities, you’re from everywhere — from Europe, from the tip of South America, all the way to our border[in Mexico, and in the Caribbean, and different background and different ethnicities — but all Latinos.”

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