Joe Biden isn’t apologizing for remarks he made about past work with segregationist Senators saying, “at least there was some civility”. Instead, he and his team are clarifying the comments. Watch his latest statement above.
.@JoeBiden did not praise a segregationist. That is a disingenuous take. He basically said sometimes in Congress, one has to work with terrible or down right racist folks to get things done. And then went on to say when you can't work with them, work around them.
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) June 19, 2019
But these clarifications are doing little to quell two fellow Democratic presidential candidates.
Joe Biden “doesn't understand or can’t even acknowledge that he made a mistake. … He knows better,” 2020 hopeful Sen. @CoryBooker says after Biden defended his remarks about working with segregationist senators. https://t.co/XUHW3PFFd7 pic.twitter.com/c4D52XYi2R
— CNN (@CNN) June 20, 2019
WATCH >> @KamalaHarris: “I have a great deal of respect for VP Biden, but to coddle the reputations of segregationists—of people who, if they had their way, I would literally not be standing here as a member of the U.S. Senate—is misinformed and wrong.”pic.twitter.com/tCe4GmQfvb
— Ian Sams (@IanSams) June 19, 2019
Thursday The View’s Meghan McCain questioned whether this is a case of “Democrat on Democrat cannibalization.”
BIDEN DEFENDS WORKING WITH SEGREGATIONISTS: Former VP Joe Biden is under fire about finding consensus as he worked as a senator alongside Southern Democrats with opposing views, including those who supported segregation – the co-hosts weigh in. https://t.co/nYSOAof10m pic.twitter.com/kYi6fjNNzf
— The View (@TheView) June 20, 2019
Biden does have his share of support from a lot of Democrats, including several prominent African-Americans. Politico says that “Senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus leaped to former Vice President Joe Biden’s defense:”
More than a half-dozen CBC members argued that Biden’s remarks were taken out of context and that the former senator’s call for decency is needed now more than ever.
“I worked with Strom Thurmond all my life,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking African American in Congress, said of the infamous segregationist senator. “You don’t have to agree with people to work with them.”
American Urban Radio correspondent April Ryan adds:
“I get what Cory Booker and many of the other Democratic presidential candidates are saying. But I also hear what Joe Biden is saying. What Joe Biden is trying to say is he had to work with these people to get things through.”
“These men were racist. They were deeply racist,” @joanwalsh says about Joe Biden’s comments on working with segregationist senators in the 1970s.
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) June 19, 2019