Biden says Latinos are ‘incredibly diverse,’ UNLIKE BLACK VOTERS
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took time out from a question asked by a Latina reporter to state that while black voters all think alike (with “notable exceptions”), Latino voters are “incredibly diverse” in opinion.
In the midst of answering a question on whether he would extend protected status for Venezuelan immigrants during a Wednesday town hall, Biden veered off on a self-congratulatory tangent touting his supposed knowledge of the Latino community.
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.
While Biden clarified that he was referring to differences in opinion on immigration between Latinos living in Florida and those living in Arizona, writing off all black voters as being ideologically in lockstep sounded more than a little offensive, especially in the era of Black Lives Matter.
Throughout my career I've witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It's this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 7, 2020
However, the reporter asking him the question, NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro, didn’t bat an eyelash, instead moving on to ask Biden if he planned to tear down the segments of border wall President Donald Trump had constructed.Also on rt.com Gaffe-smothered Biden laughs off the idea he should take a cognitive test
Biden’s reflection on Latinos triggered a wave of reaction on Thursday, but it was far from the only head-scratcher in the town hall. The candidate also attacked a reporter who asked whether he’d take a cognitive test, arguing: “That’s like saying you, before you got on this program, you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?”
But while that exchange was covered in mainstream media, Biden’s “black people all think alike” moment went largely unremarked-upon outside the conservative media sphere. Social media users wouldn’t let him get away with it, however, with many calling the former VP out – or wondering “Why is Biden making the comparison between Latinos and blacks in the first place?”
Yikes; Joe Biden said that Latinos differ from Blacks because they hold a variety of diverse opinions about many different things. (Blacks are conformist sheep and too dumb to have their own opinions?) what he’s saying is: We Control Blacks— Trump Fan (@MuffinAndElliot) August 6, 2020
Translation: We (Democrats) already own the blacks mind, body, and soul.— Jesse Lee Peterson (@JLPtalk) August 6, 2020
Others tried to reinterpret the statement, but still ended up with a racist generalization
He's saying that it's a handful of exceptions and that's why it's notable. He's talking about the prominent black conservatives like @ThomasSowell@larryelder@SecretaryCarson, etc. The rest of us are all the same. The question is "Why is he always "accidentally" insulting us?— Phyllip (@phylld6735) August 6, 2020
…or got savaged by Trump fans for making excuses for the Democrat.
Oh so, as a whole group, black people are all same. A few special blacks stand out but that's it? Lol you did NOT clarify nor improve upon his statement, dear. #madeitworse— anitasoler (@anitatheonly1) August 6, 2020
"notable exceptions" translates to "few and far between".— Juliet💋Hope⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@pjcobbrocks5) August 6, 2020
And many observed it wasn't exactly Biden's first rodeo regarding questionable statements about black people. The candidate infamously told black voters - via an interview with Breakfast Club host Charlamagne Tha God - that if they had a problem choosing between himself and Trump in November, "you ain't black."
The notable exceptions of the African American community are those that "ain't black".— FOOL NELSON (@FOOL_NELSON) August 6, 2020
Why isn’t @joebiden being called a racist? He actually is. He gave himself away. He has no respect for the black community. He doesn’t have to work for the black vote. Why WOULD he have respect for the black community? @TxBornSooner@MontySisco1— The Real Mama Savage (@TheMamaSavage) August 6, 2020
Already prone to inappropriate statements charitably deemed “gaffes,” Biden is especially inclined to jam his foot in his mouth regarding black voters, many of whom nevertheless turned out to support him in the primaries. He has accordingly milked his service as VP under Barack Obama, the first (and so far only) black American president, and has promised to nominate a woman of color as his vice president.
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