BET Founder Shreds Biden, Says He "Believes That Black People Owe Him Their Vote"
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Founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Robert Johnson unloaded on former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday after Biden said "you ain't black" if you vote for President Donald Trump.
“You got more questions but I’ll tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden said during an interview with 'The Breakfast Club" hosted by radio show host 'Charlamagne Tha God.'
Johnson spoke out against Biden while talking with Fox News.
“Vice President Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell Black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not Black unless they vote for him,” Johnson said. “This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that Black people owe him their vote without question; even though, we as Black people know it is exactly the opposite. He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every Black person he meets.”
“And for that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate in the party at this time,” Johnson added. “I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump, then that person, he or she, will have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that.”
The Biden campaign is now responding to the backlash by defending the former Vice President from his claim instead of apologizing.
Instead of apologizing, senior advisor to the Biden campaign Symone Sanders tried defending the former Vice President by saying that he has a record of “fighting alongside and for the African American community.” She also claimed that the comments were made "in jest."
"Vice President Biden spent his career fighting alongside and for the African American community," Sanders said. "He won his party's nomination by earning every vote and meeting people where they are and that's exactly what he intends to do this November."
She continued: "The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest, but let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day. Period."
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