Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that Hispanic voters in the United States were an “incredibly diverse community,” which he said contrasted with African Americans.
“Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden said in comments to the National Association of Black Journalists, which has been holding its annual conference virtually this week. “You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona.”
During an interview at the virtual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Biden also snapped at a reporter who asked if he had taken a cognitive test, as Trump has repeatedly bragged that he has done.
“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man,” Biden responded. “That’s like saying to you, before you got on this program if you had taken a test were you taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”
Trump later told reporters at the White House that he had viewed the video of Biden and CBS reporter Erroll Barnett, a member of the NABJ.
“Did you watch that clip?” Trump asked reporters. “Joe Biden this morning, he totally disparaged and insulted the black community. What he said is incredible. I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it was a very insulting statement he made. I guess you’ll figure that out, you’ll see it in a little while. It was a great insult to the black community."
Yet despite the growing number of gaffes, polls still show roughly eight in 10 African American voters support Biden in the 2020 election, compared to a little less than half of Hispanic voters.
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