Courtesy of NYT:

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, apologized Friday afternoon for telling a radio host that black voters torn between voting for him and President Trump “ain’t black,” remarks that ignited a firestorm online.

“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Mr. Biden said in a call with the U.S. Black Chambers. “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.” He later said that he had not been expected to join the call, a possible sign of a hastily arranged appearance.

Mr. Biden’s remarks came hours after a testy exchange with Charlamagne Tha God, a host on “The Breakfast Club,” a nationally syndicated morning show popular with black millennials. In the interview, during which the former vice president sidestepped a question about marijuana legalization and his running mate selection, Mr. Biden also made clear that he felt there was no reason black Americans would consider voting for Mr. Trump.

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump then you ain’t black,” Mr. Biden said.

Goddamn that was a stupid thing to say!

 I saw a lot of folks rushing to Biden’s defense, many of them black, saying that he was clearly joking. 

Look I don’t think he was serious, because that is idiotic, but I also do not feel like we should have to make excuses for the man, after all he is 77 years old. 

The thing is, and this is not new, that Joe Biden is a gaffe machine. We knew that going into all of this. 

Trust me, he is going to say some really stupid things, that is what he does. 

However, the fact is that our choices are between a doddering old man who may say some embarrassing shit, and a fucking lunatic who seems hell-bent on destroying this country.

If that is a hard choice for you then you are not really an American. 

And no, that was not a gaffe.