Gaffe King Joe Biden sparked internet outrage on the left with his views on race once again — and Cory Booker even got into the mix.
Biden 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
Though he followed this remark up by saying that “there are too many black men, and might I add women, in prison,” but the first line was enough to spur an internet mob against him.
This isn’t about a hoodie. It’s about a culture that sees a problem with a kid wearing a hoodie in the first place. Our nominee needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way. https://t.co/c2BFSSOHro
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 28, 2019
“This isn’t about a hoodie. It’s about a culture that sees a problem with a kid wearing a hoodie in the first place. Our nominee needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way,” Booker tweeted along with the video.
Biden dropped ten points in the polls following the Democratic Debate on Thursday when Kamala Harris also ripped into him for his past positions on civil rights and race. A poll of likely Democratic Party voters from the Morning Consult/FiveThirtyEight found that his support dropped from 41.5 percent prior to the debate to 31.5 percent.
Harris did not hold back on the debate stage as she blasted Biden over his civil rights record — 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.”
Harris isn’t backing down, either.
“The characterization and the nostalgia about who they were I find to be misplaced, and it was hurtful to me to hear that they would be nostalgic about people who if they had their way I would not serve in the United States Senate,” Harris said during a subsequent interview on MSNBC. “On the heels of the history of extreme pain and damage, not to mention death, you have to draw the line.”