Joe Biden apologized Friday for having told a popular radio host and African American voters in an interview that “you ain’t black” if they back President Donald Trump’s reelection.
At the end of an 18-minute radio interview with The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha God airing Friday morning, Biden responded to the host’s desire for the candidate to answer more questions by saying,”You got more questions? I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Hours later, Biden expressed regret for the remarks, calling them “really unfortunate” and saying he “shouldn’t have been such a wise guy.”
“I shouldn’t have been so cavalier in responding,” he said during a phone call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce Friday afternoon.
“No one should have to vote for any party, based on their race or religion or background,” Biden said.
Tensions had erupted from the beginning of Biden’s interview with Charlamagne tha God, when the apparent Democratic nominee told the radio host he knew he had been critical of his candidacy in the past.