(Right Country) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has responded to a claim made by former Vice President Joe Biden that he has been endorsed by the civil rights group for each of his political runs.
Unsurprisingly, Biden’s memory is not so hot.
He made the claim during an explosive interview with “The Breakfast Club” radio show, during which he also stated that “you ain’t black” if you vote for Trump.
“Take a look at my record, man,” Biden told host Charlamagne tha God. “I extended the Voting Rights Act for 25 years. I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP’s endorsed me every time I’ve run.”
“Take a look at the record.”
As it turns out, the NAACP doesn’t even endorse political candidates.
This was clarified by the organization’s president and CEO, Derrick Johnson.
“Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about the NAACP’s endorsement,” Johnson said in a statement. “We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level.
“Persons affiliated with the NAACP at the national, state, and local levels are free to make candidate endorsements in a personal capacity, but they do not reflect support by the NAACP as an organization.”
Johnson explained that the group “has one mission,” and endorsing politicians is not part of that mission.
“The NAACP has one mission and that is fighting for and advancing our Black communities towards an equitable reality,” he said.
“Our primary focus at this moment is to ensure that our communities that have been victims of domestic terrorism and disproportionately impacted by this pandemic have the opportunity to cast their powerful vote come November,” Johnson added.
An unidentified official for the Biden campaign told Fox News that the candidate “was referring to his ratings from the organization.”
So was he confused, or flat-out lying? Who even knows at this point.
It is true that, in the NAACP’s Federal Legislative Report Card for the 108th Congress (2003-2004), Biden received a 100 percent rating from the group.
Perhaps this is why he had the confidence to tell Charlamagne, a black man, what it takes to be black when they discussed the upcoming election.
“It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions,” Charlamagne said of black voters.
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden replied.
Biden was forced to walk back the comments just hours later, but the damage had already been done.
“[I] shouldn’t have been so cavalier,” he said on a phone call with black leaders, Business Insider reported.
Johnson also warned Friday that Biden “cannot take the African American vote for granted.
“It is the vote that brought him this far — I think he recognizes that, and there has to be stronger preparation when you go on platforms like ‘The Breakfast Club,’ because it is an aggressive platform, but it’s also a platform where many a millennial and younger African American voters listen to, and it will and can leave an impression,” Johnson told CBS News.