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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.
CODE RED – Break out the John Lewis card. https://t.co/2V6zDGcIlM
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) August 7, 2020
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.
Biden’s attempt to ‘clarify’ comments on African American diversity raises even more questions https://t.co/1gLpLmS2tn
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 7, 2020
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!”
After yesterday’s statement, Sleepy Joe Biden is no longer worthy of the Black Vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2020
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.
#OperationProtectBiden is in full swing!
— Hiden Biden (@SeeSumting) August 7, 2020
Symone Sanders doing OT work here…musta been a big growing negative thruout the day…
— ran’om’us (@randOmuos) August 7, 2020
Absolutely sickening. Black people should be greatly offended by Grand Master Biden’s comments and especially thinking he can play them by invoking John Lewis’s name.
— Jeff somewhere in America (@UnalienableRgts) August 7, 2020
— James Slim (@cowboyjslim) August 7, 2020
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.
Recap of Joe Biden’s comments on race: The black community is not diverse. And if you’re black and not a democrat “then you ain’t black.” Are we so sure these are still gaffes? Or are these his true feelings and views coming out?
— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) August 7, 2020
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.
@TheLeoTerrell I’m almost afraid to ask Biden what he thinks about blonds! – Leo Terrell: Joe Biden a Racist With Mindset of Plantation Owner, Getting Pass Because ‘D’ In Front of His Name pic.twitter.com/BGQQ54puY2
— Alexandra Datig | Parler: @alexdatig (@alexdatig) August 7, 2020
“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.”
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