Joe Biden: 'Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids'
He made the statement at a campaign speech hosted by the Asian and Latino Coalition.
It had all been going so well.
To be honest, it has been tough keeping up with the entire US Presidential Campaign thing, what with much-closer-to-home issues come to a spooky end this Halloween, but from what we understood, Trump was doing his usual Trump things, and the other candidates were attempting to take him down a peg or two.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was one of those other candidates, who is the democratic front-runner and just 24 hours ago launched a much-praised speech which scorched Trump's stance on race.
Then, on Friday afternoon, while giving a speech in Iowa and discussing the discrimination faced by low income students, he said "poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids".
Watch the moment here:
Joe Biden slip-up in Iowa tonight.
"Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids."
Yikes...have fun mitigating that one. pic.twitter.com/m2VxZbnFHF
— Andrew Clark 🦃 (@AndrewHClark) August 9, 2019
The quote in full was "We should challenge students in these schools that have advanced placement programs in these schools. We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids."
After a brief pause, Biden continued: "Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids, no I really mean it, but think how we think about it."
While it does appear to be a slip of the tongue, or at least an EXTREMELY badly placed paused, these statement have taken the headlines in the States by storm, and may fundamentally damage his chances with his own supporters. Time will tell.