Joe Biden is taking some heat after making a controversial statement on the popular morning radio show The Breakfast Club in an interview with host Charlamagne Tha God, according to CBS News.
While Charlamagne Tha God was arguing that Biden's campaign wasn't doing enough to reach out to garner the approval of black voters, Biden responded by saying that black voters who can't decide between voting for him or President Trump than they, "ain't black."
Charlamange asked Biden about what his thoughts were on comments from rapper Diddy (Sean Combs), who said that Democrats that black voters for granted, Biden cited his win in the South Carolina primary, where he won by a landslide.
"I kicked everybody's — excuse me," said Biden said, cutting himself short before swearing
"I need you to say that!" replied host Charlamagne.
"I won every single county. I won the largest share of the black vote that anybody had, including Barack," continued Biden, then taking a moment to acknowledge that Delaware has the eight highest population of black people in the country, which is is home state. "They're the folks that, as they say up my way, brung me to the dance. That's how I get elected every single time."
When pressed about his support for the 1994 bill which implemented stronger penalties for minor drug offences which led to mass incarceration, predominantly affecting poor black communities the most.
"The crime bill didn't increase mass incarceration, other things increased mass incarceration," retorted Biden citing that in 1994, the Congressional Black Caucus also supported the bill.
Biden mentioned the "three strikes" rules and their mandatory sentences as something he opposed when President Clinton chose to support it. Biden also suggested that "no one should go to jail" for a drug crime, "particularly marijuana," adding that he is favour of providing treatment over incarceration.
"No one should be going to jail for a drug crime. Period," said Biden. Charlamagne asked why then he chose to support the decriminalizing marijuana rather than jsut outright legalizing it. Biden replied by citing the ongoing studies that are researching the long-term effects of cannabis use on the brain. "I know a lot of weed smokers," said Biden.
Biden also said that he could "guarantee" that he was considering choosing a black woman to serve as his vice president, although he is also looking at possibly choosing Amy Klobuchar, a white woman, for the spot as well. "I guarantee you, there are multiple black women being considered. Multiple," said Biden.
One of Biden's staff interrupted their interview to say that the vice president was out of time.
"You can't do that to black media!" said Charlamagne.
"I do that to white media and black media," said Biden, promising to visit Charlamagne in New York and appear on "The Breakfast Club" in the future to answer additional questions.
"If you have a problem figuring out if you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black," said Biden.
"It don't have nothing to do with Trump—it has to do with the fact that I want something for my community," replied Charlamagne. Biden responded by saying that he should take a look at his voting record, which would reveal his longtime support for the black community.