Demings hits Trump for campaigning off Biden 'you ain't black' comments

Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSununu exit underscores uncertain GOP path to gain Senate majority Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout Rep. Brown to run for Maryland attorney general MORE (D-Fla.), who is considered a potential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE, on Sunday called out President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE for campaigning off comments Biden made about black voters.

Demings said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Biden “shouldn’t have said” what he did but that the former vice president “apologized for it.” 


Biden has been under fire over the past few days for telling Charlamagne tha God during the radio show "The Breakfast Club" that "if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black."

Trump’s campaign said Saturday it is launching a $1 million digital ad underscoring Biden’s comments on the radio show. 

“I really think the gall and the nerve of President Trump to try to use this in his campaign — he who has since day one done everything within his power, of course supported by his enablers, to divide this country, particularly along racial lines,” Demings said. 

“Look, let's talk about race because we definitely need to. We see it in housing. We see it in voting rights. We see it in health care. We see it in education. Mr. President, let’s do have a serious conversation about race in America, and how about working for all people that you are supposed to represent, not just the privileged few?” she added. 

Demings said she also found it interesting that Trump “searched high and low to find African American” members of Congress to “speak out on this issue.” 

“It would be nice to hear other Republicans, male or female, speak out on this issue,” she added.

Demings said she is glad that Biden went on the radio show and is “engaged in the conversation.”

“We know we have some serious issues that we’re dealing with in this country, and if we’re going to be able to address them effectively, then we've got to hold everybody accountable, even those that we do support,” she added. 

Demings said Thursday she is on the shortlist of candidates Biden is considering to be his running mate. 

Asked by CNN’s Dana BashDana BashGOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert's anti-Muslim remarks Democrats optimistic as social spending bill heads to Senate O'Rourke won't say if he wants Biden to campaign for him in Texas senate race MORE whether she wants to be vice president, Demings responded, “I want to do whatever job I can to continue to push this country in the right direction and make sure America lives up to its promise for future generations.”