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.

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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 Slate.com 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.

 

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