Biden branded racist for off-comment about ‘Latinx’ worrying they’ll be deported

President Joe Biden raised more than a few eyebrows on Thursday while speaking at a mobile vaccine unit in North Carolina. In an attempt to pander to a mostly black and Hispanic audience, Biden found himself being widely criticized as a racist.

Against a backdrop of the White House acknowledging this week that the U.S. will fall short of the president’s July Fourth Covid-19 vaccination goals, Biden was touting the gains made in battling the pandemic when he started talking about “equity,” the codeword employed by the radical left to allow for preferred treatment of minorities at the expense of white Americans in the quest to guarantee not equal opportunity, but equal outcome.

In doing so, Biden not only made a remarkable statement about black Americans, he would also use the made-up progressive term “Latinx” to imply that all Hispanics are in America illegally.

“Nationwide, we’re seeing the lowest number of daily cases and deaths since the first day of the pandemic. And we’ve built equity into the heart of the vaccination program,” he said. “There’s a reason why it’s been harder to get African-Americans initially to get vaccinated, because they’re used to being experimented on — the Tuskegee Airmen and others. People have memories. People have long memories.”

Never mind that Biden confused heroic African-American pilots of World War II, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, with a 1932 Tuskegee syphilis study involving black men, that study took place almost 90 years ago.

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“It’s awful hard as well to get Latinx vaccinated as well. Why? They’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported,” the president continued. “So look, from day one something that Gov. [Roy] Cooper has been totally focused on is making sure we get as many people vaccinated, particularly people who don’t have access to health care usually, who don’t have ordinary — don’t have doctors, family physicians, etc.”

And Biden didn’t stop there with the pandering. After noting that a majority of the vaccines administered at community health centers through the federal program and through federally-run vaccination sites have gone to people of color, he began talking about diseases common in the black community to claim that fresh vegetables are not available to them.

“And if I can pause for one second, that’s why I’ve called for spending billions of dollars at NIH focusing on new ways to deal with obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer,” he said. “Focus just on those diseases. Money that private drug companies don’t have the money to invest in or the inclination. Because, guess what, in most black communities across America and Hispanic communities, how many stores have fresh vegetables? How many stores have — I can go down the list. It matters. The health condition a person enters this fight over makes a big difference as to what in fact is going to be able to be done. ”

U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., was one of those who took to social media to question President Biden’s remarks:

Trump 2020 campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh also weighed in to suggest that Biden doesn’t seem to realize that “tens of millions of Latinos are American citizens.”

Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter, with more than one person calling the 78-year-old president a racist:

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