Clyburn on Biden’s ‘You Ain’t Black’ Gaffe: ‘I Cringed’

Clyburn on Biden’s ‘You Ain’t Black’ Gaffe: ‘I Cringed’

May 26, 2020

Tuesday on ABC’s The View, Rep. James Clyburn confessed that he “cringed” at Joe Biden‘s latest gaffe, in which the former VP declared that black voters who support President Trump “ain’t black.”

“I cringed, no question about that,” he said. “Joe did not do as well as I hoped in responding, but I will say this: I go about my business every day comparing Joe Biden, to the alternative, not the Almighty. He is not a perfect person. None of us are. So what my decision now is to determine who I feel should be the next president of the United States, and I do that by comparing the candidates to each other, not to the Almighty.

“We sometimes say things we do not really mean, they come out a little bit wrong, and that’s what happened here,” he continued, giving Biden a benefit of the doubt that Democrats never grant Trump. “I think all of us know Joe Biden… He knows the African American community very well. I’ve done a lot of stuff for Joe Biden over the years, and I would not have supported him if I did not think that he was best suited to be the next president of the United States. It’s just that simple.”

That’s a very tepid defense of Biden’s comment, which revealed just how Democrats feel about black Americans who stray from the plantation.

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