Washington (hooly News) – Democratic candidate for the White House Joe Biden was accused of racism on Friday by his rival Donald Trump's team after telling a radio host that he was "not black" if he was considering voting for the Republican President in November.
The former American vice-president, 77, gave an interview to Charlamagne Tha God, a personality who co-presents a popular New York radio program, "The Breakfast Club", broadcast on Friday.
When Joe Biden said that he had to end the interview, after some 17 minutes, the host replied: "Listen, you must come and see us when you come to New York, VP Biden (…) We have more questions "before the presidential election on November 3.
"Do you have more questions? I'll tell you, if you have a problem deciding whether you are for me or for Trump, then you are not black," replied the former vice president of Barack Obama.
"It has nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact that I want something for my community," continued the host.
Donald Trump's team called the exchange "disgusting" on Twitter, and the son of the Republican billionaire, Donald Trump Junior, said that Joe Biden had "a disgusting and dehumanizing racist mentality."
Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, responded by pointing out that "1.3 million black Americans already voted for Trump in 2016. This morning Joe Biden told all of us that we were" not Black"".
"I could say that I am surprised but unfortunately that corresponds to the tendency of the democrats to think that the voices of the Blacks are won in advance and to intimidate those who do not agree," he added.
An argument that could hit home with some black voters who regret that in 2016, the Democrats and Hillary Clinton thought that their votes were just "won in advance" and therefore did not campaign enough with them, lowering their participation compared to the Obama years.
However, their mobilization will be crucial to winning the White House on November 3.
Donald Trump has also been accused of racism after making comments and of maintaining ambiguity towards white nationalists. It remains unpopular with black voters.
– "Saved your political life" –
Faced with controversy, one of Joe Biden's top advisers, Symone Sanders, herself black, assured that her comments had been made "in a joking tone".
"But let's be clear on what the vice president said: he emphasized the fact that he was ready to compare his record on African Americans to that of Trump at any time," she tweeted. Biden "has spent his career fighting alongside African Americans".
Known for his blunders, Joe Biden is very popular with blacks, who brought him to victory in the Democratic primary by offering him an overwhelming score in South Carolina in late February, allowing him to return to the front of the race in one of the most spectacular returns in American political history.
The interview continued after this exchange, Joe Biden recalling his work to strengthen the right to vote when he was a senator and the strong support he enjoys among blacks, before promising to return to the program.
In the same interview, the Democratic candidate denounces the Trump administration's management of the coronavirus pandemic, which strikes blacks in a disproportionate way in several American regions: "This crisis exposes to light the institutional racism which still prevails in our society. ".
The host also points out that some are upset to hear others urge him to choose a black candidate for the vice-presidency, since "the blacks saved your political life in the primary" Democrat.
Joe Biden replied that "many black women are being considered" in his selection process which could last until July.
In the forecasts include the senator and former presidential candidate Kamala Harris, the former candidate for governor of Georgia Stacey Abrams or the elected representative of the House of Representatives, Val Demings.