Dem panic: Biden uses John Lewis to rally base after recent gaffe prompts ‘black vote’ trend

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Just as former Vice President Joe Biden was being pilloried for another racist gaffe, his campaign released a video touting the late Rep. John Lewis.

“John Lewis left us with marching orders,” the caption read on the campaign ad for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in what many saw as an attempt to rally his base following major backlash over comments about diversity in the African-American community.

Biden came under fire Thursday after he appeared to suggest that African-Americans have no diversity when compared to Latinos. The remarks caused an instant outcry, prompting Biden to attempt to “clarify” what he meant to say in a series of tweets that many felt he was not even capable of writing himself.

“Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes,” he said in a video interview.

Later, during an online conference held by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, the Democrat offered another explanation.

“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,” Biden said.

“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 added.

President Trump 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.”

On Friday, the president tweeted, then deleted, another attack on his 2020 rival.

“Sleepy Joe Biden just lost the Black Vote. This statement is a disaster from which there is no recovery!” he wrote, setting the phrase “Black Vote” trending on Twitter.

After scrapping the tweet, the president posted another that read: “After yesterday’s statement, Sleepy Joe Biden is no longer worthy of the Black Vote!”

Biden was still slammed for the comments and what many saw as not an actual apology, as well as an ill-timed release of the video featuring Civil Rights activist John Lewis who passed away last month.

Rep. Jeff Duncan wondered if some of Biden’s remarks were not gaffes after all.

“Are we so sure these are still gaffes? Or are these his true feelings and views coming out?” the South Carolina Republican tweeted.

Civil rights lawyer Leo Terrell slammed Biden during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday, accusing the former vice president of having “the mindset of a plantation owner.”

“He thinks he knows however a black person thinks, how we walk, what we should eat. Joe Biden doesn’t understand that black people are individual,” Terrell said.

“No one black person speaks for black America. MSNBC, they wouldn’t cover this today. Donald Trump is absolutely right. Joe Biden insulted every black American today. And he should not be president. He is the racist,” he added.

“What is so amazing to me is they are going to put this guy out in front and say the only reason why he gave me a pass because he has a D in front of his name, not a ‘R,'” Terrell told Hannity. “Republicans are the people who believe in a color-blind society. Democrats are the ones who believe in identity and race politics.”

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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