Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat on Joe Biden’s shortlist for vice president, conceded her potential running mate shouldn’t have suggested that voters who are still “figuring out whether” they’ll vote for him or President Trump in November “ain’t black.”
“The vice president shouldn’t have said it,” Demings told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning.
Though Demings, a vocal member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said everyone should be held accountable for their statements on the issue of race, she pointed out that Biden has apologized for the comment. The former Orlando police chief, picked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as an impeachment manager for Trump’s Senate trial, also ripped the White House incumbent for having the “gall to use this in his campaign.”
“He, who has since Day One, done everything within his power, of course, supported by his enablers, to divide this country, particularly along racial lines,” she said of Trump.
Biden, the two-term vice president and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, last week expressed regret for the remark, made during a tense exchange on The Breakfast Club morning radio show. As a Biden aide tried to end the conversation, a wide-ranging interview on race-related issues such as marijuana legalization and the 1994 crime bill, host Charlamagne Tha God said, “You can’t do that to black media.”
Biden explained that his wife Jill had to use his TV studio set-up for her own media appearance before signing off by saying, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
“I was much too cavalier. I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African American vote for granted, but nothing could be further from the truth,” he later said. “I’ve never, never, ever taken the African American community for granted.”
Demings is one of about a dozen women being considered to join Biden on the Democratic ticket for November’s general election.
Author: Naomi Lim
Source: Washington Examiner: ‘Shouldn’t have said it’: Val Demings chides Biden over ‘you ain’t black’ comments