A Black civil rights lawyer has slammed Joe Biden for thinking like "a plantation owner", following the presumptive Democrat nominee's comments about diversity in the African-American community.
Leo Terrell, who has publicly voiced his support for Donald Trump, said Biden "should not be president".
"Joe Biden is unfit to be president, and Joe Biden is a racist," Terrell told Fox News' Sean Hannity.
"Joe Biden has the mindset of a plantation owner. He thinks he knows how every black person thinks, how we walk, what we should eat. Joe Biden doesn’t understand that black people are individuals. Condoleezza Rice and Al Sharpton are different individuals. We have a different mindset."
Biden made the remark during an interview with NPR reporter Lulu Garcia-Navarro, where he said he would extend the Temporary Protection Status to Cubans as the US has done for Venezuelans.
"By the way, what you all know but most people don't know, unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things," he said.
“No one black person speaks for black America,” Terrell continued. “And CNN and MSNBC? They wouldn’t cover this today. Donald Trump is absolutely right. Joe Biden insulted every black American today, and he should not be president. He is the racist.”
Trump hit out at the democratic presidential hopeful after Biden's comments.
"After yesterday’s statement, Sleepy Joe Biden is no longer worthy of the Black Vote!," Trump said.
On Thursday night, Biden posted a series of tweets to try to clarify his gaffe.
"Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African-American and Latino communities that I want to clarify," Biden tweeted on Thursday night.
"In no way did I mean to suggest the African-American community is a monolith—not by identity, not on issues, not at all."
Rather than apologizing in that and two other tweets, Biden touted his work and experience with black people.
"Throughout my career I've witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African-American community," Biden tweeted, adding that "it's this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place."
In another tweet, Biden said that his commitment is to "always listen" and that he would "never stop fighting for the African-American community" or for "a more equitable future."
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