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US: Under Team Trump Fire, Biden Apologizes for Remarks on Black Voters
By Staff, Agencies
Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden issued an apology Friday over a controversial remark that African-Americans "ain't black" if they are unsure who to support in November's election.
The Democratic Party's presumptive nominee made the remark during a spirited and sometimes contentious interview with a popular syndicated radio personality Charlamagne Tha God.
"I shouldn't have been such a wise guy. I shouldn't have been so cavalier," Biden later said on a call with black business leaders amid a firestorm of charges of racism.
He further told members of the Black Chamber of Commerce: “I have never, ever taken the African-American community for granted.”
Biden - Barack Obama's vice president for eight years - stumbled into the controversy as he was defending his ties to the African-American community, saying he has "overwhelming support" from black leaders and voters.
"If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black," he proclaimed.
The comments, which aired early Friday on New York-based syndicated show The Breakfast Club, quickly sparked reaction from Team Trump.
Donald Trump Jr, the president's son, accused Biden of a "disgusting & dehumanizing racist mentality."
Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, tweeted that "it's sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and brow beat those that don't agree."
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