Joe Biden, the man likely to represent Democrats in the next US elections, says if a voter is undecided than they’re probably not black.
Biden, who was speaking with radio host Charlamagne the God in on the Breakfast Club radio show, said “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump then you ain’t black.”
Biden is overwhelmingly favoured by black voters who breathed new life in his campaign to cinch the nomination when they turned out to support him during the South Carolina primary.
Notably, he served as Vice President for President Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president, during his two terms in office.
President Donald Trump only received eight per cent of the black vote in 2016 on his way to defeating the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Republicans responded quickly to Biden’s remarks, with Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina tweeting “I’d say I’m surprised, but it’s sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and brow beat those that don’t agree.”
Senior adviser to the Trump campaign, Katrina Pierson, said “It is clear now more than ever, following these racist and dehumanizing remarks, that Joe Biden believes black men and women are incapable of being independent or free thinking.”
Many African Americans consider Trump to be racist with his support among black voters almost unchanged since 2016, according to a January poll by The Washington Post and Ipsos.
During the interview, Charlamagne asked Biden if he would pick a black running mate, to which he replied “I guarantee you there are multiple black women being considered. Multiple.”
Biden has publicly committed so selecting a woman to be his running mate.