New York Times columnist Charles Blow, who, whatever he is, is not a partisan of Trump, writes:
Biden continues to commit unforced error, like the hubbub he created and later apologized for when he said at the end of an interview with The Breakfast Club's Charlamagne tha God: "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."
It was so cavalier and comfortable that it was shocking. Biden doesn't get to define blackness nor excommunicate anyone from it.
But that wasn't the only problem in the interview. He said just seconds after that statement that "The NAACP has endorsed me every time I've run." That never happened, and the NAACP had to release a statement to clarify that it "is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office."
This is not the first time Biden has lied about his relationship to the black community. He has repeatedly lied over the years about marching in the civil rights movement, even though advisers warned him to stop it. And, he repeatedly said that he was arrested in South Africa trying to see imprisoned anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
None of this ever happened. What gives? None of this is necessary.
Biden may benefit, strangely enough, from lowered expectations among Americans when it comes to truth-telling in politicians. "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan," etc. At this point, Abraham Lincoln- or Parson Weems's-George Washington-style honesty would seem more like a surprise than any sort of baseline expectation or job requirement.