“Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”
In perhaps the biggest gaffe of his campaign so far, former Vice President Joe Biden asserted that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” while speaking in Iowa on Thursday.
Biden was speaking at the Asian & Latino Coalition Town Hall put on by the Asian & Latino Coalition PAC when he made the shocking remark.
Biden has repeatedly come under fire over his past positions regarding racial issues.
During the first round of Democratic debates, Sen. Kamala Harris took aim at the former VP over his previous stances on civil rights issues — particularly his opposition to busing black students to predominantly white schools.
“I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground,” Harris said to Biden. “But I also believe, and it’s personal and I was actually very — it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.”
Biden also got himself in trouble this time by telling Fox News that “we’ve got to recognize that kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger.”
Joe Biden: “We’ve got to recognize that kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger.” 😬 pic.twitter.com/67HFGjPON8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2019
Illegal immigrants have also staged protests at his campaign headquarters over the deportations that took place under the Obama administration.
🔴 BREAKING: Immigrants whose loved ones were deported under Obama have occupied @JoeBiden‘s campaign office in Philadelphia, demanding an apology + a commitment that he would end all detention and deportation on day 1. #DignityNotDeportation
Watch live: https://t.co/E7O889vK27 pic.twitter.com/lw0uZXcQtd
— Movimiento Cosecha (@CosechaMovement) July 10, 2019
The demonstrators took specific offense to Biden’s response when he was questioned on his mass deportation record during the Democratic Debate.
“He failed to recognize and take responsibility for the pain he caused, saying instead that Obama had done a ‘heck of a job,’” the protesters said in their press release.