Joe Biden: “I Wouldn’t Characterize The Tea Party As Racist”
Jake Tapper is finishing his run as anchor of This Week with a bang. Tapper landed an exclusive interview with the always fun to watch Vice President Joe Biden this Sunday.
When asked to weigh in on the resolution the NAACP passed earlier this week accusing the Tea Party of being racist, Biden eventually conceded that he would not “characterize the Tea Party as racist” but that “at least some of the elements that were involved with the Tea Party folks expressed racist views” citing the incident during the health care debate where a black congressman was allegedly spit on by Tea Party protesters.
“I wouldn’t characterize the Tea Party as racist. There are individuals who are either members of or on the periphery of some of their things, their — their protests — that have expressed really unfortunate comments. And, again, it was all over TV, all over your network, you know? A black Congressman walking up the stairs of the Capitol…but I don’t believe, the president doesn’t believe that the Tea Party is — is a racist organization. I don’t believe that. Very conservative. Very different views on government and a whole lot of things. But it is not a racist organization.”
Watch the clip below.
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