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May 22, 2020
Contact: Alesha Guenther – [email protected]
[Madison, WI] – In case you missed it, Presidential candidate Joe Biden told a radio host, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
The Republican Party of Wisconsin is committed to meeting all voters where they are so we can talk about our policies and beliefs and so we can hear from community members about their priorities and concerns. Thanks to President Donald Trump’s long list of accomplishments for the black community, we have a great story to tell relating to issues such as school choice, investments in opportunity zones and the FIRST STEP ACT. Earlier this year, the Republican Party of Wisconsin opened the first office of its kind in the heart of Milwaukee to bolster our minority outreach efforts.
“It’s clear now more than ever that white liberal elitists like Joe Biden are taking the black community for granted,” said Andrew Hitt, Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “Joe Biden’s comments and condescending tone are shocking and Wisconsin Democrats should be lining up to condemn them. The Republican Party of Wisconsin is committed to reaching all voters where they are, and our commitment to being a part of the black community remains unchanged.”
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Biden: ‘If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black’
May 22, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday emphatically defended his ties to the African-American community — telling a popular black radio personality that he “ain’t black” if he was still weighing whether to support Biden or President Donald Trump in November’s general election.
The remarks from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee came during an at-times contentious interview on “The Breakfast Club” that aired Friday morning, during which co-host Charlamagne tha God challenged Biden over his decades-long record on racial issues and current contemplation of a black, female running mate.
“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you, there are multiple black women being considered. Multiple,” Biden said of his search process for a vice presidential nominee.
It was then that an aide to the Biden campaign could be heard interjecting into the conversation, attempting to cut short the interview. “Thank you so much. That’s really our time. I apologize,” the aide said.
“You can’t do that to black media!” Charlamagne retorted.
“I do that to white media and black media because my wife has to go on at 6 o’clock,” Biden shot back, apparently referring to a subsequent media appearance by Dr. Jill Biden, before adding: “Uh oh. I’m in trouble.”
“Listen, you’ve got to come see us when you come to New York, VP Biden,” Charlamagne said. “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.”
“You’ve got more questions?” Biden replied. “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Charlamagne explained that “it don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact [that] I want something for my community.” But Biden remained adamant in promoting what he described as a career of public service devoted to advancing civil rights.
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