Who needs comedy when you have politics?
In the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, a 2009 HBO clip of late comedian and actor Robin Williams talking about then-Vice President Joe Biden has resurfaced online, quickly going viral on Twitter.
In the 31-second video, Williams, who would have turned 69 last month, doesn’t mince his words.
“There’s always ramblin’ Joe Biden,” said Williams in a stand-up routine. “Joe says s–t that even people with [Tourette syndrome] go, ‘No.’ ”
The resurfaced bit began circulating this week, and it came just days before Biden — the presumptive Democratic nominee — gave a disastrous interview with black and Hispanic journalists. During it, Biden said, “Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes.”
Biden has long been known for his verbal blunders, and he addressed this most recent gaffe on Thursday night.
In a tweet, Biden said, “In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith—not by identity, not on issues, not at all.”
“Throughout my career I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community,” he went on. “It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place.”
In the 2009 routine, Williams pushed the matter further.
“Joe is like your uncle who’s on a new drug and hasn’t got the dosage right,” he joked. “I’m proud to work with Barack America — ‘He’s not a superhero, you idiot — come here!’”
Williams, who died in 2014, was known for his support of the Democratic party.