To the extent that Joe Biden is willing to admit that his “you ain’t black” remark is racially insensitive at all, he and his campaign handlers would very much like you to believe this is a completely-out-of-character moment for the former vice president.
After all, this is a man who tearfully told America that it was when Trump referred to the Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville as “very fine people” that he knew he had to stand up for the “soul of America” and run for president. In addition to proving that Biden was willing to lie in order to beat Trump, that declaration cemented him as the Social Justice Candidate. A racially problematic background just isn’t on brand.
Nonetheless, as Fox News host Sean Hannity pointed out on Tuesday, Biden’s “you ain’t black” remark was hardly the first time that Obama’s right hand man had veered into the weird world of offensive comments about black Americans.
“It was so bad, that a Biden staffer actually tried to interject in order to prevent his ever confused, compounded boss from having to answer any more questions,” Hannity mused about the latest gaffe.
However, he said, this was “part of a long, never-ending, disturbing pattern of racial rhetoric.”
Hannity turned to a montage of Biden’s most infamous comments.
“1977, Biden worried his children would grow up in a ‘racial jungle if desegregation is not done in an orderly way,'” Hannity said. “2006, he told the crowd, ‘You have to have a slight Indian accent to work at 7-Eleven or Dunkin’ Donuts.’ 2007 — how could we forget when he called Barack Obama the first ‘mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.’ He bragged about his work with segregationists to get things done in the U.S. Senate.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Hannity continued. “With just 161 days until Election Day, you, the American people, become the ultimate jury. Does anyone actually believe that the 77-year-old lifelong politician has the stamina, the acumen, the mental alertness, moral compass to serve the hardest job in the world well into his 80s?”
No. Not even Joe Biden believes that, which is why he’s already put some pretty strong signals out there that he’ll be a one-term president. But let’s face it: If you don’t expect to be fit to be the world’s most powerful leader four years from now, why should voters think that you are mentally fit to hold that office now?
Black voters, in particular, ought to think long and hard about voting for this idiot. Indeed, about voting for anyone from this misbegotten party.