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Biden Slammed Over Comments About Segregationist Senators

Former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is under fire for comments he made this week at a New York City fund-raiser.

Biden fondly talked about his relationship with late Senators who were known segregationists.

The New York Times reports:

At the event, Mr. Biden noted that he served with the late Senators James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, both Democrats who were staunch opponents of desegregation. Mr. Eastland was the powerful chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee when Mr. Biden entered the chamber in 1973.

Referring to Senator Eastland, Biden also said, “He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son.’”

Outrage over Biden’s comments was swift.

Democrat politicians blasted Biden over his comments including 2020 presidential candidates.

California Senator Kamala Harris responded to reporters about Biden’s comments (watch video).

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted Biden, saying he was “out of step.”

On CNN, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker took great offense to Biden’s “boy” comment, calling it “deeply disappointing,” and demanded an apology from the former vice president (watch video).

Biden not only responded to Booker, saying, “Apologize for what? Cory should apologize, he knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body,” but also doubled down and tried to clarify his initial comments.

Newsmax reports:

“I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” Biden, Democratic senator from Delaware from 1971-2008, told an audience Wednesday. “At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. . . . But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”

Biden’s Senior Adviser Symone Sanders came to his defense.

A story by embedded a video interview of Eastland from 1957 that shows the Senator’s racist views.

Biden’s comments about segregationists could backfire with black voters in the upcoming primaries.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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