Biden rows back from embarrassing interview where he said Latinos are 'incredibly diverse' unlike African-Americans

  • Joe Biden rowed back comments suggesting that African-Americans as a group do not have diverse political views, which he said was not the case for Latinos.
  • The presumptive Democratic nominee said: "Most people don't know, unlike the African-American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community."
  • Biden later tweeted to "clarify" what he meant, saying that African-Americans are "not a monolith." He also pledged to listen more.
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Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden issued a statement rowing back comments in an interview where he suggested that the African-American community is not diverse.

In remarks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro on Thursday, he said: "Most people don't know, unlike the African-American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things."

"You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration … than when you do when you're in Arizona," he continued. "So it's very diverse community."

You can see a clip of those remarks here and a fuller segment on Yahoo News.

The interview was also attended by representatives from the national associations of Black and Hispanic journalists, according to Yahoo News.

Later on Thursday Biden clarified his remarks on Twitter, saying he did not mean to suggest African-Americans were a monolith. He did not apologize outright for the remarks.

"Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify," he wrote. "In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith — not by identity, not on issues, not at all."

Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign, also said he was only "referring to diversity of attitudes among Latinos," according to ABC News.

Footage of Biden's remarks have since been disseminated among Republican social media accounts, including the conservative Media Research Center and GOP War Room.

President Donald Trump also responded to Biden's remarks, telling reporters on Thursday that Biden "totally disparaged and insulted the Black community, what he said is incredible, and I don't know what's going on with him."

Biden had drawn criticism from Black voters in May after telling "The Breakfast Club" radio show: "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't Black."

He later said he regretted the comments, adding: "I shouldn't have been such a wise guy," according to the BBC.

He is expected to formally accept his Democratic presidential nomination later this month. However, he will be doing so virtually from his home in Delaware rather than traveling to Milwaukee due to coronavirus concerns.

Trump is trailing Biden in several national polls, with some by double digits, according to CNN.

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