Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Biden Team Gripes To Press After Segregationist Gaffe

Biden Team Gripes To Press After Segregationist Gaffe

Biden has faced mounting backlash over remarks he made at a Tuesday fundraiser about the late Sens.

One question raised in some quarters, and not answered by the Biden campaign, was what exactly were the things that he and Eastland "got done" in the Senate that supposedly justified his fond recollections of working together with the white supremacist senator. James Eastland and Herman Talmadge who Biden claimed to have worked with, despite their racist views.

Gov. John Bel Edwards may have lost support in signing a strict abortion bill, but nothing like what a veto would have caused.

Sen. Cory Booker, one of just three African Americans in the Senate, took significant and understandable offense at Biden's har-har retelling of the old yarn with the word "boy", which was only the least bad term of derision black men were subjected to in that era.

Eastland, in addition to his opposition to racial integration, ridiculed black soldiers during World War II and claimed the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers in MS was a "publicity stunt". But along with calling Biden out on his language, Booker also sent a fundraising pitch hammering Biden for the work itself.

"I was raised to speak truth to power", Booker said, "and I will never apologize for doing that". They were beyond racist, right?

Biden has so far declined. It certainly gave Booker ample airtime on cable news shows this week, and it prompted Biden to demand that Booker apologize to him.

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Harris told reporters in the Capitol that Biden "doesn't understand the history of our country and the dark history of our country", adding, "If those men had their way, I wouldn't be in the United States Senate and on this elevator right now". At least for Biden, this is a bigger deal than if another candidate would have said these words. "I know where his heart is on the issue and I would hope that he would spend a little bit more time, be a little bit more careful, but I know where his heart is".

"If he gets elected president, we don't have 60 votes in the Senate" to overcome filibusters, Richmond said. "(Biden) knows we have to build consensus". But if you're looking at which group is going to say, "Those two?" Steve Scalise after the Louisiana congressman acknowledged speaking years before at a conference of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Having recently ascended to the majority whip position, the third-ranking Republican in the House, the revelation threatened to derail Scalise's political future in Washington.

"I don't think Steve Scalise has a racist bone in his body", Richmond said. That I was then working to stop busing wasn't about segregation for me but about protecting children from upheaval and unknown collateral damage.

Richmond's complete and unwavering support went a long way in helping Scalise survive.

A few hours later, the move also drew a reaction from Biden, who said he saw no need to apologize.

It's a skill set Richmond probably was hoping not to have to use again.

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