Twitter became a battleground for Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden on Friday after his remarks criticizing African Americans who refused to vote for him made the rounds on social media.
The Biden interview on The Breakfast Club with Charlamagne is now being condemned as “racist” by the former Vice President’s detractors in the Republican Party as well as some of his erstwhile allies on the left.
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Donald Trump, then you ain’t black,” said Biden in response to a question from The Breakfast Club’s host in a remote interview.
Joe Biden’s repeated gaffes, particularly during the debates, are difficult to ignore and have become the subject of the Trump presidential campaign’s official attack line against the Democrat. His latest remarks on black voters has since gone viral and become the subject of a meme video that has since earned almost a million views on Twitter.
The remark earned him ire from the likes of African American social media commentators including author Allen West, Rep. Vernon Jones, BET News host Marc Lamont Hill, and hip-hop superstar Sean “Diddy” Combs.
The widespread condemnation prompted hashtags #YouAintBlack and #JoeBidenIsaRacist to trend for much of the day and prompted the creation of now-viral memes mocking the presidential candidate and the possible death of his campaign.
Only a few voices took up Biden’s defense, including #NeverTrumper Louise Mensch who called Biden’s words a “gaffe.”
“It happens, he is well-meaning,” wrote Mensch. “Trump makes hundreds worse every day. It’s news because @JoeBiden does it so seldom.”