The comment in question pertained to black and Hispanic workers’ alleged lack of high school diplomas and was met with criticism and accusations of racism.
During televised remarks, Biden said, “We’ve seen record lows in unemployment particularly — and I’ve focused on this my whole career — particularly for African Americans and Hispanic workers and veterans, you know, the workers without high school diplomas.”
However, the White House swiftly moved to address the racist remark by altering the official transcript. They changed the original statement, adding an “and” after “Hispanic workers” to read, “particularly for African Americans and Hispanic workers and veterans, you know, and the workers without high school diplomas.”
Another day, another racist comment from Biden. Crickets from the mainstream media. https://t.co/i0aQtdABbq
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) September 14, 2023
This incident adds to a growing list of instances where the White House has edited official documents to mitigate embarrassment for the president.
In a similar incident from July 2022, the White House retroactively altered a transcript to address an embarrassing gaffe made by President Biden during a speech about an abortion-related executive order.
Despite clear video evidence showing the president embarrassingly saying, “end of quote. Repeat the line,” the official transcript was modified to read, “end of quote. Let me repeat the line.”
This incident is part of a broader pattern, with the Heritage Foundation compiling instances of controversial remarks made by Biden in the past.
When Democrats say Trump is racist… I have yet to find any video evidence of it…
Joe Biden, however, has throughout his 47 years in public service, exemplified his racism. Here are 7 minutes of a compilation of those moments which I got from @KanekoaTheGreat before he was… pic.twitter.com/6Ls6rQQ1gU
— Jinee (@jineeminee) September 10, 2023
Notably, during the 2020 presidential campaign, he told voters of color, “you ain’t black” if they considered voting for his opponent, Donald Trump.
Other examples include remarks about the diversity of the Latino community, eulogizing a former member of the Ku Klux Klan in 2010.
In 2007, Biden called former President Barack Obama “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.” In 2006, he claimed “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.” In 1977, then-freshman Senator Biden said that pushing for desegregation would force his children to “grow up in a racial jungle.”