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NAACP Denies Joe Bidens Claim of Endorsement

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Friday rejected claims that it had endorsed presumptive Democrat nominee for president Joe Biden.

In an interview on The Breakfast Club on Friday, Biden promoted what he called a long career of defending civil rights.

“Take a look at my record, man! I extended the Voting Rights [Act] 25 years. I have a record that is second-to-none,” Biden said, adding, “The NAACPs endorsed me every time Ive run.”

Following Bidens claim of the NAACPs endorsement, Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, issued a statement denying that the organization had thrown its weight behind the former Vice President.

“We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level,” Johnson said, adding that anyone associated with the NAACP who endorses a candidate does not speak on behalf of the organization.

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Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, speaks during a press conference in Washington on March 28, 2018. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

“Persons affiliated with the NAACP at the national, state, and local levels are free to make candidate endorsements in a personal capacity, but they do not reflect support by the NAACP as an organization,” he added.

Johnson also said that the sole objective of the organization is “fighting for and advancing our Black communities towards an equitable reality.”

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Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, speaks during a press conference in Washington on March 28, 2018. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

During the same interview on “The Breakfast Club,” Biden made another statement that landed him in hot water, when he said that, “If you have a problem figuring out whether youre for me or Trump, then you aint black.”

Biden later apologized for the remarks, calling them “really unfortunate” and saying he “shouldnt have been such a wise guy.”

The 2020 presidential hopeful said during a phone call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce on Friday that perhaps he had been “much too cavalier.”

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is seen in an image captured from video as he participates in a remote video interview with “The Breakfast Club” radio co-host “Charlamagne tha God” from Bidens home in Wilmington, Delaware, on May 22, 2020. (The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1/Reuters)

“I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African American folks for granted … but nothing could be further from the truth,” Biden said.

“Ive never ever done that, and Ive earned it every time Ive run,” he said, adding that he sees winning over the African American voter demographiRead More From Source

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