Rep. Jim Clyburn admits he ‘cringed’ at Joe Biden’s ‘ain’t black’ remark

Rep. Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American lawmaker in Congress and a longtime friend of Joe Biden, admitted that he “cringed” at the former vice president’s “ain’t black” comment.

“I cringed, no question about that,” Clyburn, the House majority whip, said Tuesday on ABC’s “The View.”

The South Carolina Democrat chalked up Biden’s remark – which has been widely slammed by President Trump, his allies and many Democrats – as a mistake.

“They come out a little bit wrong, and that’s what happened here,” he said of the gaffe-prone former vice president.

“In this instance, Joe did not do as well as I hoped in responding, but I will say this, I go about my business every day comparing Joe Biden, to the alternative, not the Almighty. He is not a perfect person. None of us are. So what my decision now is to determine who I feel should be the next president of the United States, and I do that by comparing the candidates to each other, not to the Almighty,” Clyburn said.

Clyburn endorsed Biden’s presidential run before South Carolina’s primary election in February, which gave the campaign a crucial bounce going into the Super Tuesday contests just days later.

Biden made the blunder last Friday during an interview on the “The Breakfast Club,” a nationally syndicated radio show.

He and host Charlamagne tha God were talking about whether Biden would pick an African American running mate when a Biden aide tried to cut the interview short.

“You’ve got more questions?” Biden asked Charlamagne. “Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

“It don’t have nothing to do with Trump,” Charlamagne said. “It has to do with the fact that I want something for my community.”

Biden later walked back the comments, saying he was being too “cavalier.”

In an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday, Biden appeared to place some of the blame on Charlamagne.

“Well, first of all, you know, I — it was a mistake, number one. And I was smiling when he asked me the question, I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. He was being a wise guy and I responded in kind,” Biden said.

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