By Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Fox News
Critics blasted the Democratic nominee on social media
Joe Biden has
landed in hot water over a viral clip of him suggesting why people were
able to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.
"They're saying, 'Jeez, the reason I was able
to stay sequestered in my home is because some Black woman was able to stack
the grocery shelf,'" Biden is heard saying in the clip.
The 10-second clip, which was originally shared on
Sept. 29, was just a snippet of comments the Democratic nominee made
during a Sept. 15 roundtable with veterans in Tampa, Fla.
In the expanded remarks, Biden had expressed a positive
tone in dealing with the problems the country faces, particularly the ones that
stem from the coronavirus outbreak. He said that he's "more optimistic ... than
I’ve ever been in my whole career."
"And they say, 'Well, why in the hell would you say
that Biden? You just talked about all these difficulties.' Well, I’ll tell you
why. Because the American public, the blinders have been taken off," Biden
told the roundtable attendees. "They’ve all of a sudden seen a hell
of a lot clearer. They’re saying, 'Jeeze, the reason I was able to stay
sequestered in my home is because some Black woman was able to stack the
grocery shelf. Or a young Hispanic is out there, these dreamers are out there,
60,000 of them acting as first responders and nurses and docs.' Or all of a
sudden people are realizing, 'My Lord, these people have done so much. Not just
Black, White, across the board, have done so much for me. We can do this. We
can get things done.' And I think they’re ready."
Biden's remarks didn't go viral until Monday after they
were amplified by Turning Point USA senior contributor Rob Smith.
The former vice president was slammed on social media
with critics calling the comments "racist" and joking about the Biden
campaign calling a "lid."
"What???? And Black folks STILL giving him a
pass!" National Diversity Coalition for Trump CEO Dr. Darrell Scott
"You ain’t Black if you ain’t stocking a grocery
shelf for Joe Biden," political commentator Dave Rubin quipped, alluding
to Biden's infamous "You ain't Black" gaffe from earlier this year.
"This should spark a lot of conversation about the
morality of the lockdowns and how we’ve made lower-income Americans into human
shields," Ricochet editor Bethany Mandel tweeted.
Many suggested that there would be an enormous uproar if
President Trump or a Republican were caught saying what Biden said.
"Imagine the media's reaction if Trump said
this," RealClearPolitics co-founder and president Tom Bevan said.
"Close your eyes. Picture Trump saying this. Now
picture the media reaction. Enjoy your evening!" The Hill media reporter
Joe Concha exclaimed.
"Imagine @realDonaldTrump, or any Republican said
what Joe Biden just said here," Daily Wire contributor Harry Khachatrian
The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to Fox
News' request for comment.
The account of the pro-Trump Twitter user who originally
shared the video clip appeared to have been suspended sometime Monday evening
after his tweet went viral. Fox News reached out to Twitter with an
inquiry as to what led to the account's suspension.
In May, Biden had to walk back comments he made to
"Breakfast Club" host, Charlamagne Tha God, when he said "you
ain't Black" to Black voters who were still undecided between
supporting him or President Trump in the election.
In August, the former VP was similarly in damage control
mode when he appeared to disparage the diversity of the Black community,
saying "unlike the African American community, with notable
exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with
incredibly different attitudes about different things.”
A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.