Former Vice President and likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told a popular black radio personality that he “ain’t black” if he identifies as a supporter of President Donald Trump.
This interview was aired on Friday morning on “The Breakfast Club,” a hip-hop morning show often visited by White House hopefuls. The radio host, Charlamagne tha God, prompted Biden to address his record on racial issues and whether or not he is considering a black, female running mate, to which Biden noted that “multiple black people [are] being considered.”
After that conversation, an aide to the Biden campaign attempted to cut the interview short, which prompted Charlamagne to discuss the next time the presidential candidate would come back for more questions on the show.
“You’ve got more questions?” Biden replied. “Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
After the comment started to face backlash on social media, the Biden campaign responded on Twitter, arguing that his comment was a miscommunication.
“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,” the campaign said in a statement.