Former ESPN host Jemele Hill has waded into the debate surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden’s comment about black voters.
Biden angered some Republicans and social media users Friday during an interview with Charlamagne Tha God, when he told the radio host if you support President Trump, “then you ain’t black.”
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Hill, currently a contributing writer for The Atlantic, is a staunch Trump critic. She posted a message on Twitter Friday saying she agreed with Biden.
“The issue wasn’t what Joe Biden said, because it was accurate. The issue was that it came from Biden,” she tweeted.
“It also was clearly a joke that didn’t land. But I’m wondering where all this outrage was yesterday when y’all president declared his public devotion to a Nazi sympathizer,” she added, referring to Trump who praised the “good bloodlines” of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford while visiting an automotive plant in Michigan on Thursday. During World War II, Ford produced vehicles for the Nazi regime. He also published anti-Semitic writings.
The issue wasn’t what Joe Biden said, because it was accurate. The issue was that it came from Biden. It also was clearly a joke that didn’t land. But I’m wondering where all this outrage was yesterday when y’all president declared his public devotion to a Nazi sympathizer.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 22, 2020
As for Biden, hours after his initial comments sparked controversy, he walked them back. In a call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, he said: “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”
During his interview with Charlamagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee insisted he is committed to the black community, and cited his support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“Take a look at my record man. I extended the Voting Rights Act,” he said. “I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP has endorsed me every time I’ve run. Come on, take a look at my record.”