Joe Biden has put his foot in his own mouth once again, this time saying that his ability to quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic was made possible by black women stocking shelves in supermarkets. That’s what’s being reported on the news today, but did he really say that?
Here is the before and after comments made by Biden when he made the comment:
“I am, ironically, more optimistic about the prospects of dealing with the problems we talked about today, as well as so many other problems we have right now 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. They’ve all of a sudden seen a hell of a lot clearer. They’re saying, ‘Jeez, the reason I was able to stay sequestered in my home is that some Black woman was able to stack the grocery shelf. Or I got a young Hispanic out there, these DREAMers are out there, 60,000 of them acting as first responders and nurses and docs’.”
So while Biden did say those words, they were said in a third-person context, not from the candidate’s own words, but projecting his thoughts on an unidentified third person.