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Joe Biden’s History Of Culturally Insensitive Comments

- January 12, 2018

BIDEN CALLED COLOMBIA & MEXICO “DYSFUNCTIONAL SOCIETIES,” CALLED OBAMA “THE FIRST MAINSTREAM AFRICAN-AMERICAN,” AND HAS REPEATEDLY STEREOTYPED INDIAN-AMERICANS​

This Week, Former Vice President Joe Biden Criticized President Trump's Reported Rhetoric

Former Vice President Joe Biden Criticized President Trump On Twitter For Comments He Made About Immigrants. "Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump Friday morning for his vulgar remark about immigrants, tweeting 'It's not what a president should believe.'" (Daniella Diaz, "Biden On Trump's Remarks: 'It's Not What A President Should Believe'," CNN , 1/12/18)

  • In His Tweet, Biden Said That This Is "Not How A President Should Behave" And That "We're Better Than This." (Joe Biden, Twitter Feed , 1/12/18)

HOWEVER, JOE BIDEN HAS A HISTORY OF MAKING CULTURALLY INSENSITIVE REMARKS

Biden Has Called Both Colombia & Mexico A "Dysfunctional Society"

In 2007, Then-Senator Biden Called Mexico A "Dysfunctional Society." "Joe Biden shared his views on illegal immigration with an Iowa crowd, saying that the solution starts with big changes in the Mexican economy. 'They're being irresponsible. This is the second-wealthiest nation in the hemisphere - we're not talking about Sierra Leone,' the Democratic presidential candidate said. 'This is a dysfunctional society.'" (Kate Phillips and Elisabeth Bumiller, "The Early Word: Iowa Heat," The New York Times , 12/3/07)

  • In 2001, Biden Made A Similar Statement, Calling Mexico And Colombia "Dysfunctional Societies." SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE): "[I] think you and I and a few others finally have everybody's attention here. I mean it sincerely because of a confluence of certain things that have happened, some of them very good like the two new leaders in Mexico and Colombia. If you study any of these countries you realize that they end up where they are in large part because of dysfunctional systems they have, because of dysfunctional societies relating to access to opportunity within those societies." (Sen. Joe Biden, Hearing, U.S. Senate, Foreign Relations Committee, 3/1/01)

Biden Has A History Of Making Insensitive Comments About African-Americans

In An Interview With The Washington Post Editorial Board, Biden "Stumbled Through A Discourse On Race And Education, Leaving The Impression That He Believes One Reason That So Many District Of Columbia Schools Fail Is The City's High Minority Population." "Biden also stumbled through a discourse on race and education, leaving the impression that he believes one reason that so many District of Columbia schools fail is the city's high minority population." (Shailagh Murray, "Biden Stumbles In Interview," The Washington Post , 10/25/07)

  • In The Interview, Biden Said Areas With A Larger Minority Population "Start Off With" A Larger Education Gap Because "What You're Dealing With." " After a lengthy critique of Bush administration education policies, Biden attempted to explain why some schools perform better than others -- in Iowa, for instance, compared with the District. 'There's less than 1 percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than 4 or 5 percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with,' Biden said." (Shailagh Murray, "Biden Stumbles In Interview," The Washington Post , 10/25/07)

In January 2007, Biden Stated That Senator Obama Was "The First Mainstream African-American Who Is Articulate And Bright And Clean And A Nice-Looking Guy." "Senator Joe Biden, D-Del., the loquacious chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who launched his presidential campaign today, may be experiencing an ailment not entirely unknown to him: foot in mouth disease. Biden is taking some heat for comments he made to the New York Observer, in which he said of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., a rival for the nomination: 'I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man.'" (Jake Tapper, "A Biden Problem: Foot In Mouth," ABC News , 1/31/07)

  • Biden Was Forced To Defend His Statement Immediately After Announcing His Bid For The White House. "Biden got right to the matter that has threatened his candidacy before it even gets off the ground. The Delaware senator spent his first day as an official candidate explaining his statement that Obama is 'the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean,' raising questions about how he viewed other blacks (sic) candidates." (Nedra Pickler, "Biden Tells Dems He Regrets Obama Remark," The Associated Press , 2/3/07)

In June 2007, Biden Said He Traveled To The "Black Sections" Of His Town To Promote AIDS Testing And Condom Use. BIDEN: "I spent last summer going through the black sections of my town, holding rallies in parks, trying to get black men to understand it is not unmanly to wear a condom, getting women to understand they can say no, getting people in the position where testing matters. I got tested for AIDS." (Sen. Joe Biden, PBS All American Forum At Howard University , Washington, D.C., 6/28/07)

In 2006, On Three Separate Occasions, Biden Emphasized Delaware's Former Status As A Slave State

In January 2006, Biden Said That Delaware Was "A Slave State That Fought On The Side Of The North." BIDEN: "This state is not a homogenous state. We're a border state, a slave state that fought on the side of the North. We're a very different state between Claymont and Hartly." (J.L. Miller, "Hartly Firefighter, A Legend In His Time, Honored," The News Journal , 1/8/06)

In August 2006, Biden Said His "State Was A Slave State." BIDEN: "You don't know my state, my state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state is the eighth largest black population in the country." (Fox News' " Fox News Sunday," 8/27/06)

In November 2006, While Speaking In South Carolina, Biden Said He Was From "A Slave State That Fought Beside The North." "U.S. Sen. Joe Biden heads into his quest for votes in a 2008 presidential primary in South Carolina with a well-exercised sense of what to say and what to leave unsaid to Republicans and Democrats alike. Biden noted Delaware was a border state and 'a slave state that fought beside the North. That's only because we couldn't figure out how to get to the south there were a couple of other states in the way.'" (Jim Davenport, "Biden Resonates With Republicans As He Sets Up S.C. Ground Game," The Associated Press , 11/28/06)

Senator Biden Has A History Of Making Offensive Comments About Indian-Americans

Biden Once Stereotyped Indian-Americans, Stating "You Cannot Go To A 7-Eleven Or A Dunkin Donuts [In Delaware] Unless You Have A Slight Indian Accent." BIDEN: "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking." (Adam Nagourney, "Biden Unwraps His Bid For '08 With An Oops!" The New York Times , 2/1/07)

In January 2012, Biden Imitated An Indian Accent When Talking About Call Center Jobs. "In a speech in New Hampshire on Thursday, while talking about call center jobs, United States vice president Joe Biden appeared to slip into an 'Indian' accent before thinking better of it and stopping in mid-sentence." (Heather Timmons, "Oh No, Joe! The Indian Accent Comes Again," The New York Times , 6/5/12)

 

 

 


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