Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at the SEIU Unions For All Summit on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Former Vice President Joe Biden has been in politics a long time. He’s been a senator since he was 29 years old and now he’s 77.
So he’s said and done a bunch of things he is now having to justify as he runs for president and some of those things he’s going to have to explain are on video.
We all saw the very odd speech from 2017 at the pool dedication where he talked about children touching the hair on this leg and loving it when the children jumped in his lap.
We reported on his praise in a video from 1993 for a confederate group as “fine people” which is ironic in light of his false attacks on President Donald Trump suggesting that he called Neo-Nazis and white supremacists “fine people.”
Now, here’s another one where you just have to cringe, from what appears to be during the 2008 campaign when Biden, Clinton, and Obama were all contending for the nomination. Biden, talking about AIDS, speaks paternalistically about how the white community has to educate the minority community and how he spent his summer in the “black sections” of his town trying to get black men to wear a condom and black women to say no. Yikes.
“I spent last summer going through the black sections of my town trying to get black men to understand it’s not unmanly to wear a condom”@JoeBiden on PBS – @shaunking Again @SymoneDSanders working for Biden for personal gain points to a issue with basic commitment to black folks pic.twitter.com/Id4prlJlr7
— Antonio Moore (@tonetalks) May 5, 2019
“As Hillary points out, there’s neglect on the part of the medical and the white community focusing on educating the minority community out there. I spent last summer going through the black sections of my town, holding rallies in parks, trying to get black men to understand it’s not unmanly to wear a condemn. Getting women to understand they can say no. Getting people in the position where testing matters. I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS. There’s no shame in being tested for AIDS, it’s an important thing because the fact of the matter is, in the community, in the communities engaged in denial, they’re engaged in denial. No one wants to talk about it in the community. And we do not have enough leaders in the community and outside the community [Hillary Clinton nodding], demanding we face the reality, confront the men in the community, as well as the women, letting them know there are alternatives.”
At the end of the video, Al Sharpton’s look perhaps says it all.
Biden has a history of questionable comments when it comes to race.
Among the comments, he infamously claimed to a mostly black audience while campaigning that the GOP wants to “put y’all back in chains.” He also referred to Barack Obama, “I mean, you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a story-book, man.” Speaking about Indian-Americans, he said, “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. It’s a point. I’m not joking!”