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It has not been a good 24 hours for Joe Biden.
After saying that black Trump voters "ain't black," prominent black figures from all industries have issued statements to denounce Biden's comments.
The latest criticism comes from BET co-founder Robert Johnson.
According to Johnson, "VP Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell Black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not Black unless they vote for him."
Johnson added that Biden "should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every black person he meets."
The comments were first obtained by Fox News' Bret Baier.
More details below:
Biden's statements are especially eye-popping since he was the vice president of the first black president in American history.
You would think that his history of serving under Obama would have given him more tact and insight into race-relations.
Breitbart confirms Johnson's comments:
BET co-founder Robert Johnson has condemned Joe Biden for claiming that black people aren’t really black if they don’t vote for him.
“This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that Black people owe him their vote without question; even though, we as Black people know it is exactly the opposite. He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every Black person he meets.”
Robert Johnson is the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, which was acquired by Viacom in 2001. The cable channel is the biggest TV network dedicated to black audiences. Johnson currently heads the asset management firm RLJ Companies.
Joe Biden made the inflammatory remark Friday during an interview on The Breakfast Club radio show.
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told host Charlamagne. Biden’s remark wasn’t in response to any question, but to the host’s statement: “It’s a long way until November, we’ve got more questions.”
The presidential candidate’s comment has drawn swift rebuke from black conservatives, including Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Prominent black cultural figures including Sean “Diddy” Combs have also questioned Biden’s comment.
While Biden has been criticized for his comments, it's just a fraction of the criticism that Trump would have received had he made the same comments.
The media likes to try every possible way to portray Trump's actions and comments in the worst possible light.
But when it comes to Biden, the rebuke and criticism doesn't come from the media.
It comes from voters.
Biden's comments also have revived his role in the controversial 1994 crime law that he helped write.
Many black voters believe that the crime law led to the mass incarceration of blacks.
VOX, known for its left-wing tilt, has more details:
One of the most controversial criminal justice issues in the 2020 Democratic primary is a “tough on crime” law passed 25 years ago — and authored by current poll frontrunner Joe Biden.
If you ask some criminal justice reform activists, the 1994 crime law passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton, which was meant to reverse decades of rising crime, was one of the key contributors to mass incarceration in the 1990s. They say it led to more prison sentences, more prison cells, and more aggressive policing — especially hurting black and brown Americans, who are disproportionately likely to be incarcerated.
If you ask Biden, that’s not true at all. The law, he argued at a recent campaign stop, had little impact on incarceration, which largely happens at the state level. As recently as 2016, Biden defended the law, arguing it “restored American cities” following an era of high crime and violence.
The 1994 crime law was certainly meant to increase incarceration in an attempt to crack down on crime, but its implementation doesn’t appear to have done much in that area. And while the law had many provisions that are now considered highly controversial, some portions, including the Violence Against Women Act and the assault weapons ban, are fairly popular among Democrats.
That’s how politicians like Biden, as well as fellow presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), can now justify their votes for the law — by pointing to the provisions that weren’t “tough on crime.”
But with Biden’s criminal justice record coming under scrutiny as he runs for president, it’s the mass incarceration provisions that are drawing particular attention as a key example of how Biden helped fuel the exact same policies that criminal justice reformers are trying to reverse. For some Democrats, the 1994 law is exhibit A for why Biden can’t be trusted to do the right thing on criminal justice issues should he become president.
The Trump campaign has already pledged to use Biden's "you ain't black" comments in their next round of ads in battleground states.
But they've already run ads showcasing Biden's role in the 1994 crime bill.
If Joe Biden has learned anything over the last 24 hours, it's that he and every other Democrat should never take ANY vote for granted.
See Trump's brutal ad against Biden below: