ATLANTA (May 22, 2020) — Joe Biden had a testy exchange with a prominent black radio personality on Friday over his support among black voters and his potential running mate.
Charlamagne Tha God pressed Biden on reports that he is considering Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is white, to be vice president and told him black voters “saved your political life in the primaries" and “have things they want from you.”
“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered,” Biden said. “But I guarantee you there are multiple black women being considered. Multiple.”
A Biden aide then sought to end the interview, prompting the host to say, “you can't do that to black media.”
Biden responded, “I do that to black media and white media” and said his wife needed to use the television studio.
He then added: “If you’ve got a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t black.”
The host countered that conversations about Biden’s running mate aren’t about Trump, whom many black voters view as racist.
Black Republican Senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, was quick to respond to Biden’s remarks.
“1.3M black Americans already voted for Trump in 2016. Joe Biden told every single one of us we ‘ain’t black.'” Scott wrote on Twitter. “I’d say I’m surprised, but it’s sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and browbeat those that don’t agree.”