Resurfaced clip of Joe Biden slamming use of the N-word in 1985 wrongly used to attack ex-VP – The Sun

A RESURFACED clip of Joe Biden slamming the use of the N-word in 1985 has been wrongly used to attack the ex-Vice President.

Video from a 1985 congressional hearing shows the Democratic presidential nominee quoting someone and saying the N-word twice – but a shortened clip with the context removed has been widely shared on social media.


In the video, Biden – a Senator of Delaware at the time – was seen questioning William Reynolds, the nominee to be associate attorney general, The Washington Post previously reported.

As Biden was reading a memo read by Reynold's staff, it said that white legislators allegedly used the N-word" when creating a redistricting plan.

The plan did not allow for a majority-Black district to exist.

Biden said, reading the memo: "Quote, 'We already have a n****r mayor and we don’t need any more n*****r bigshots…'"

The clip shared on social media has been trimmed to cut off Biden saying the word "quote" at the beginning, and removing all other context.



Biden's campaign did not immediately respond to The Sun's request for comment.

Users have shared the clip across social media, commenting on what Biden says based on the few seconds seen on the video and attacking him.

"If President Trump, in his lifetime, had ever made such a despicable racist comment, the entire leftist Networks, Liberal Press, Hollywood, Dems in Congress, would immediately call for his impeachment But @JoeBiden, is just being Good Old Joe~A Racist Man," one user said as they shared the video.

One person shared the hashtag, "#CancelRacistJoe" as they shared the video.

Another user said: "The video I just watched of @JoeBiden using the N word, on camera is absolutely disgusting. He said it twice. How tf does anybody in their right mind think voting for him is ok?"


A full clip shared by C-Span shows Biden's quote in context as he questions Reynolds.

Reynolds – the then-assistant attorney general for civil rights – was blocked from the nomination after the hearings.

The video resurfaced amid ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd.

Demonstrators have shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement, as they call for an end to systemic racism.

Just two weeks ago, Biden made a controversial "you ain't black" blunder, which caused widespread outrage.

He later called the statement a "mistake."

The clip resurfaced just months ahead of the November presidential election.

Polls have largely shown Biden in a lead over Republican President Donald Trump.

Trump may still pull ahead in the election, however, as was the case in 2016 against then-nominee Hillary Clinton.

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