Earlier today, The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God did a virtual interview with presidential candidate Joe Biden and after the conclusion of discussing several topics, Biden, smiling as he says it, remarks to Charlamange that, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black” according to CBS News.
Biden discussed several topics as he spoke to Charlamagne on The Breakfast Club this morning. Charlamagne asked questions in regards to Biden and the importance of the black support and vote for this year’s upcoming presidential election.
Charlamagne asked him about the statement Sean Combs had said earlier this month about Democrats taking black voters for granted. Biden reminded him that he had a big win in the South Carolina primary, which is known to have an overwhelmingly black voting bloc.
“I kicked everybody’s — excuse me,” Biden said.
“I need you to say that!” Charlamagne replied.
“I won every single county. I won the largest share of the black vote that anybody had, including Barack,” Biden also stated that his home state of Delaware has the eighth largest black population in the country. “They’re the folks that, as they say up my way, brung me to the dance. That’s how I get elected every single time.”
Biden also said that “no one should go to jail” for a drug crime, “particularly marijuana,” and said he favors treatment over imprisonment.
“No one should be going to jail for a drug crime. Period,” Biden said. Charlamagne asked him why he supported decriminalizing marijuana instead of legalizing it outright and Biden said it was due to ongoing studies on the long-term impact of marijuana use on the brain.
“I know a lot of weed smokers,” Biden said.
At the conclusion of the interview, as a Biden aide was reminding Biden that he had to go, Charlamagne interjected by saying, “You can’t do that to black media!”
“I do that to white media and black media,” Biden replied.
Charlamagne then invites him to visit The Breakfast Club when he comes to New York.
After he agrees Biden said, “If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” smiling after making the statement.
“It don’t have nothing to do with Trump — it has to do with the fact that I want something for my community,” Charlamagne shot back. Biden suggested for Charlamagne to take a look at his voting record to see his longtime support for the black community.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) May 22, 2020
Symone D. Sanders, senior advisor to Biden posted on Twitter:
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.
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) May 22, 2020