John Oliver Drags Joe Biden Over Record Player Gaffe

On Sunday night, John Oliver dedicated part of the opening portion of his Emmy-winning show Last Week Tonight to the latest Democratic candidate debate, where frontrunner Joe Biden was asked the following question from ABC News moderator Linsey Davis:

Mr. Vice President, I want to talk to you about inequality in schools and race. In a conversation about how to deal with segregation in schools back in 1975, you told a reporter, I dont feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation, and Ill be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago. You said that some 40 years ago, but as you stand here tonight, what responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?

Biden, whos had a number of foot-in-mouth moments on the campaign trail thus far, unleashed a confusing ramble of a response that included, in part: We bring into homes of to them deal with how to raise their . Its not that they dont want to help. They dont know what… they dont know what quite what to do. Play the . Make sure the televisionexcuse me, make sure have the on at night

In addition to no doubt offending potential -American voters, the record gaffe inspired a number of op-eds questioning Bidens and to be (he is 76, which would make him the oldest person ever elected to ). And , we can add Olivers name to the pile-on.

Oh, ! That is Biden saying , then replacing it with record player, and then just barely stopping himself from saying phonograph, cracked Oliver, failing to contain his laughter.

He then added, And lets remember that very when Biden sends a concession to November!



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