Columbia, SC – Former Vice President Joe Biden sidestepped a black student’s question about how he would tell her she should handle being stopped by police if she was his daughter by pointing out that if she was his daughter, she wouldn’t be black.
The 76-year-old presidential hopeful’s public statement was made during the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum question-and-answer session at Benedict College on Saturday, CBS News reported.
“If I were your daughter, what advice would you give me the next time I am stopped by the police?” the student asked Biden.
“If you were my daughter, you would be a Caucasian girl and you wouldn’t be pulled over,” Biden quipped.
The crowd burst into laughter and applause, at which point the former vice president continued his response.
“Here’s the deal – what I would tell you is – that’s what’s wrong!” he said. “There is institutional racism that still exists!”
Biden proudly posted the clip to Twitter later in the day.
“Institutional racism should no longer exist,” he declared in the video caption. “As president, I’ll put forward change to help put an end to it.”
During the forum, Biden also accused President Donald Trump of fanning “the flames of white supremacy,” and claimed that the President has “failed the African-American community, and all communities.”
Biden said he didn’t “quite understand” why the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center awarded President Trump its Bipartisan Justice Award on Friday, Reuters reported.
Trump’s presidential campaign spokeswoman Sarah Matthews fired back against those who criticized the President being recognized with the award, and said that “only people with desperately failing campaigns try to make this kind of racist nonsense against the President and Republicans work.”
You can watch a clip of Biden’s response during the question-and-answer portion of the forum in the video below: