President Trump has pounced on Joe Biden’s latest flub, suggesting the black community is not diverse as the latino community is.
Yahoo reports President Trump said Thursday that former Vice President Joe Biden had “totally disparaged and insulted the Black community” when he compared African-American attitudes with those of Hispanics.
In an interview at a conference of Black and Latino journalists that aired Thursday morning, Biden was asked whether he would extend Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. from a variety of Latin American countries.
“Yes,” Biden said when NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked if he’d “reengage with Cuba” on the topic. “And by the way,” he continued, “what 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. You go to Florida, and you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona.”
Trump characterized the comparison as a slight against African-Americans.
“Joe Biden this morning totally disparaged and insulted the Black community,” the president told reporters gathered outside the White House. “What he said is incredible, and I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it was a very insulting statement he made.”
Trump ended TPS protections for hundreds of thousands of Latin American immigrants in November of 2017. The program allowed immigrants from countries experiencing war, natural disasters and other catastrophic events to remain in the U.S.
The Trump campaign seized on Biden’s remarks, sending out a statement to reporters.
“There’s a reason Joe Biden can’t count on the support of Black voters, and it’s because of his plantation owner mentality,” senior campaign adviser Katrina Pierson said in the statement. “President Trump has a true record of helping Black Americans, with unprecedented economic opportunity, record funding for HBCUs, criminal justice reform, and support for school choice. Joe Biden would rather we all just shut up, get in line, and know our place.”