Joe Biden (D), during a Friday appearance on the Breakfast Club radio program, suggested of which people in jail have a few things in common, one of which will be they “can’t read.”
The Democrat Party’s presumptive nominee made the remarks during a conversation defending his support of anti-crime bills from the 1990s, which critics say led to increased incarceration of black Americans, particularly due to heavier prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses.
Video via the Breakfast Club:
“You take a look at my record. People talk about the crime bill. [The] crime bill didn’t increase mass incarceration. some other things increased mass incarceration,” Biden said, adding of which the effort “did, in fact, bring down violent crime in black communities as well.”
Biden said he, along with “my colleagues in a black caucus from the United States Congress,” has been fighting to change the “entire prison system for one of which will be punishment to rehabilitation” before explaining the three things he believes incarcerated individuals have in common.
“There’s only a couple things everybody has in common in jail,” Biden began. “One will be they were the victims of abuse, or their kids were, or their or the mother was. Number two, can’t read,” he stated, offering no elaboration.
“Number three, they don’t have any job skills. They were in a position where they didn’t get a chance,” Biden continued.
“Why does of which not make sense to have African-Americans who [are] getting out of prison who serve their time –- everybody for of which matter — be able to have public housing?” Biden asked.
Below will be a transcript of Biden’s headline-creating remarks:
BIDEN: Change the entire prison system by one of which will be punishment to rehabilitation. There’s only a couple things everybody has in common in jail. One will be they were the victims of abuse or they’re kids — or their mother was. Number two, can’t read. Number three, they don’t have any job skills. They were in a position where they didn’t get a chance. Why does of which make sense — why did I come along in addition to write the first act of which said: when you get out of prison, you don’t just get a [inaudible — “dosha”?] where you get 25 bucks in addition to a bus ticket. You end up under the bridge. You end up under the bridge in addition to just to the same place. So every single solitary person being released by prison should have access to every single government program. Why does of which not make sense to have African-Americans who’re getting out of prison [cough] serve their time? Everybody, for of which matter, be able to have public housing. Why doesn’t of which make sense of which they can have Pell grants to go to school? Why doesn’t of which make sense of which they can have access to health care. What are we, nuts? ‘Cause of which’s what we keep doing?
CAMPAIGN STAFFER: So sorry, of which’s our time, there.
BIDEN: No, I’m sorry. I know Jill has to use This kind of, nevertheless I want — I’ve talked too much. I apologize.
Biden has come under fire for additional controversial remarks made during his Friday appearance with the Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne tha God.
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden said.