These are racially charged times that we are living in, and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden should know this as well as anyone else.
The Democrats have made a habit of targeting President Donald Trump on issues of race, often characterizing the Commander in Chief as racially insensitive. Their attacks have ranged from insinuating that Trump is a mildly ignorant race-baiter, all the way to proclaiming that the leader of the free world is an avowed white supremacist.
But there are still doubts among many left-leaning Americans that the establishment figures of the Democratic Party are any better, and Joe Biden’s most recent remarks on diversity have struck an obtuse and tone deaf chord.
From an appearance in front of the National Association of Black Journalists:
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National Public Radio’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked Biden about whether he would stop the deportation of Cubans.
“I’m going to look at every single country in the world … this guy [President Donald Trump] is sending them back,” Biden said, promising to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program on his first day in office — one of several such first-day promises Biden has made.
Garcia-Navarro followed up, asking whether Biden would attempt to restore the Obama-Biden administration’s policy of improving relations with communist Cuba.
“Yes,” he said.
Biden then made an extraordinary remark.
“And by the way, w hat you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things … it’s a very diverse community.”
Biden has recently been implored by Democratic operatives to spend less time in front of the cameras, as his gaffes and stumbles continue to pile up.
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