Joe Biden on Delaware’s Somalis: ‘There’s an awful lot of them driving cabs’


Business Insider By Colin Campbell

AP Joe Biden speaking at an event on September 16, 2014. Vice President Joe Biden says he’s quite popular with the Somali community of Wilmington, Delaware. If you want proof, he suggests you should talk to some local cab drivers.

“If you ever come to the train station with me, you’ll notice that I have great relationships with them because there’s an awful lot of them driving cabs and are friends of mine. For real,” Biden said Tuesday at a summit on violent extremism, according to video posted bv The Washington Post.

Biden made his remarks while noting the large number of East African immigrants in Minnesota.

“In Minneapolis-€“Saint Paul, we’re working to build relationships with the East African immigrants who have made your city their home. As the same folks, Somalis, who have made made my city of Wilmington, Delaware, [their home] on a smaller scale,” he said. “It’s a large, very identifiable Somali community.”

Critics quickly compared Biden’s Tuesday comments to an earlier gaffe about his state’s Indian-American community.

“In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India,” Biden said in 2006, according to Time magazine. “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”