Biden Refers to Maryland’s First Black Governor as ‘The Boy’

President Biden referred to Wes Moore, Maryland's first black governor, as a "boy" during a speech to union workers.
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It’s time once again to play America’s favorite national pastime – What if Donald Trump did this?

President Biden on Wednesday referred to Wes Moore, Maryland’s first black governor, as a “boy.”

His comment came during opening remarks to IBEW union workers in Lanham, Maryland.

“You got a hell of a new governor in Wes Moore, I tell ya,” Biden said, clapping along to the audience. “He’s the real deal, and the boy looked like he could still play. He got some guns on him.”

Moore played wide receiver for Johns Hopkins University.

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Cory Booker Explains Biden’s Use of the Word ‘Boy’ is ‘Dehumanizing’

To be clear, President Biden often uses the phrase “boy” when referring to people in speeches that are white as well.

Fox News points out that the President spoke highly of Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) last October, telling those in attendance that the lawmaker also has a divinity degree.

“The boy can preach,” he declared.

And while the phrase is typically mundane, when directed towards a black individual in certain contexts, it can be viewed as a racially derogatory term.

He did the same thing to senior adviser Cedric Richmond two years ago.

“I’m here with my senior advisor and boy who knows Louisiana very, very well, man — and New Orleans and — Cedric Richmond,” he said at a press briefing.

Can you imagine if Trump said something along those lines? No matter the intent? Or any Republican for that matter.

Senator Cory Booker has, in the past, criticized President Biden for his use of the word.

“As a black man in America, I know the deeply harmful and hurtful usage of the word boy and how it was used to dehumanize and degrade,” Booker said after Biden used the term in remarks about pro-segregation Senators James O. Eastland and Herman Talmadge.

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Biden’s History of Racially Charged Rhetoric

In a vacuum, President Biden’s comments about Wes Moore do not seem malicious or even all that controversial. That said, he does have a history of making statements that would sink other politicians, if not for the media constantly referring to them as harmless gaffes.

Early on in his Senate career, Biden worried that de-segregation would cause his children to grow up “in a racial jungle.”

The President very famously described Barack Obama in patronizing terms, calling him “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

President Biden also once bragged about receiving an award from George Wallace, said Delaware was on the South’s side in the Civil War, and touted that Delaware was a “slave state” as recently as 2006.

Then there was that time he complained that the local 7-11 is full of people with Indian accents.

And of course, if you didn’t vote for him, then you “ain’t black.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently claimed despite his many verbal missteps and controversial comments, President Biden is still “the best communicator that we have in the White House.”

If that’s true, the White House has a very serious problem on their hands.

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