By Helene Fung
Former US vice-president and presidential hopeful Joe Biden has apologised for saying to an African American radio host that he “ain’t black”, if he was still tossing up whether or not to support Mr Biden, or the current incumbent Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential elections in November.
Mr Biden’s remark drew criticisms from not only the Trump campaign and Republican supporters, but also some black Democrats on Twitter. US Senator Tim Scott, who is black, said Mr Biden’s comments were “arrogant and demeaning”, and “negative race-baiting rhetoric”.
Biden adviser, Symone Sanders went into damage control mode, and said that the remarks were made in jest: “He was making the was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African-American community up against Trump’s any day. Period.”
In a subsequent call with the US Black Chambers, an African American business group, Mr Biden said he “shouldn’t have been such a wise guy”.