A video clip of John Hickenlooper at an endorsement event with the Greater Denver Ministerial Alliance, a predominantly black group, captured a controversial comment that once landed Joe Biden in hot water with Barack Obama.
The Daily Wire shared the clip on Twitter, along with the transcript.
Is Hickenlooper racist? Insensitive? Or does he get a pass for being an offensive old white dude because he’s a Democrat?
STAFFER: “I’m going to come back later to film [the black ministers], they each want to do oral testimonies.”
HICKENLOOPER: “Oh, that’s so cute. That’s huge. Especially since these guys are so articulate.” [emphasis added]
STAFFER: “So articulate.”
John Hickenlooper, while at an event earlier this year with a group of black pastors, said they were “so articulate”
The video, which has not been previously reported on, comes as Hickenlooper is seeking the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado pic.twitter.com/RlxmvKpJC5
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 10, 2019
When Biden made the “articulate” gaffe during the 2007 election, Obama had this to say:
“I didn’t take Sen. Biden’s comments personally, but obviously they were historically inaccurate. African-American presidential candidates like Jesse Jackson, Shirley Chisholm, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton gave a voice to many important issues through their campaigns, and no one would call them inarticulate.”
In a New York Times article following Biden’s “articulate” gaff, Pennsylvania University humanities professor Michael Dyson explained:
“Historically, it was meant to signal the exceptional Negro. The implication is that most black people do not have the capacity to engage in articulate speech, when white people are automatically assumed to be articulate.”
The video was captured in April at an endorsement event for Hickenlooper’s presidential campaign.
No word on whether the Ministerial Alliance will offer their endorsement again to Hickenlooper in the U.S. Senate race.