Democratic nominee Joe Biden bizarrely suggested the African American community is not a group of diverse thinkers in the same car-crash interview where he asked a black reporter if he was a “junkie.”
The former veep made the eyebrow-raising comments during a roundtable interview with black and Hispanic reporters on Wednesday when he was asked if he would “re-engage” with Cuba’s Communist government — something that could become an issue for Cuban American voters.
“Yes,” Biden said, before claiming Latino Americans have far more diverse ideas and beliefs than African Americans.
“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,” he claimed.
“You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona. So, it’s a very diverse community,” he continued.
Trump’s re-election campaign immediately jumped on the clip, tweeting, “did Joe Biden just say that Black people are all the same?”
Footage of the offensive remarks surfaced as Biden was being condemned for his treatment of a reporter during an interview on Wednesday morning.
Biden snapped at CBS correspondent Errol Barnett when pressed on whether he had taken a cognitive test — defensively asking Barnett, who is black, if he was a junkie and tested for cocaine use.
“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” Biden asked.
“Come on, man. That’s like saying to you, before you got on this program, if you had to take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”
President Trump on Thursday morning condemned Biden’s comment as a “great insult to the black community.”
“Joe Biden totally disparaged and insulted the Black community,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn.
“What he said is incredible, and I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it was a very insulting statement that he made,” he said.