• Biden said: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump then you ain’t black”
  • The Trump campaign called the remark "racist" and "dehumanizing"
  • A Biden adviser said it was made in jest

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden apologized Friday for being “cavalier” about African Americans who back President Trump. Biden had suggested black Trump backers “ain’t black” in an appearance on the “Breakfast Club” radio program.

“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Biden said in a call with the U.S. Black Chambers. “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”

Biden had said: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump then you ain’t black,” in a sometimes contentious interview with syndicated “Breakfast Club” host Charlamagne Tha God, who repeatedly pressed Biden on his support of crime bills in the 1980s and ‘90s.

The Trump campaign jumped on the remark, calling it “racist and dehumanizing.”

“He truly believes that he, a 77-year-old white man, should dictate how black people should behave. Biden has a history of racial condescension and today he once again proved what a growing number of black Americans and I have always known — Joe Biden does not deserve our votes,” said Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign and leader of its Black Voices for Trump group.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., accused Biden of taking black voters for granted.

Biden adviser Symone Sanders said the remark was made in jest and Biden has “spent his career fighting alongside and for the African American community.”

Biden defended his record during the interview, saying black leaders also supported the crime bills because of the level of violence against black during that time period.

“Take a look at my record man,” Biden said. “I extended the Voting Rights Act 25 years. I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP has endorsed me every time I’ve run. Come on, take a look at my record.”

He also noted he’s vetting a number of black women as possible running mates.