Can Biden’s Apology Save Him From The Segregation Scandal?
Joe Biden is trying to save himself from the national controversy surrounding his comments about working well with segregationist senators, as part of a political history in which he openly supported segregation, defending it by using the concept of “black pride.” (READ: Audio of Biden Supporting Segregation in 1975, Because ‘Black Pride.’).
“Was I wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men, who I successfully opposed time and again? Yes, I was. I regret it. I’m sorry for any of the pain or misconception I may have caused anybody. But should that misstep define 50 years of my record fighting for civil rights and racial justice in this country? I hope not. I don’t think so,” Biden stated.
Biden tried to brush off the controversy in South Carolina Sunday.
When South Carolina state Sen. Marlon Kimpson introduced Biden to a crowd gathered for his afternoon town hall, he provided a fiery dismissal of the controversy.
“Do not fall prey to anyone’s attempt to manufacture a fight, to drive media attention or to save a failing campaign,” Kimpson said, making a not-so-veiled reference to Harris. “We have to be very, very focused on the issues that matter.”
When the Rev. James Keeton Jr. introduced Biden to the congregation at Morris Brown, he offered a more subtle vote of confidence.
Biden is “somebody who understands the importance of working across the aisle, somebody who understands the importance of working with people who might not believe what you do,” Keeton said, to plenty of nods and yes’s from those in the pews.
Then Biden spoke briefly, describing the election in his usual way, as “a battle for the soul of America.”
He also spoke about visiting Mother Emanuel AME Church after a gunman killed nine people there in 2015 and how after visiting with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, he went back himself to worship the next day.
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Joe Biden supported segregation, saying in a 1975 interview that de-segregation undercuts the concept of “black pride.”
The intrepid Alana Goodman reported on Biden’s 1975 NPR interview in which he said the following: “I think the concept of busing … that we are going to integrate people so that they all have the same access and they learn to grow up with one another and all the rest, is a rejection of the whole movement of black pride.”
Biden called desegregation “a rejection of the entire black awareness concept, where black is beautiful, black culture should be studied; and the cultural awareness of the importance of their own identity, their own individuality.”
Biden also noted that he asked “the blacks on my staff” if they felt he had a racism “in me that’s deep-seated that I don’t know.”
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden made another revelatory admission in his speech at a Carlyle Hotel fundraiser, telling wealthy financial donors that nothing would change if he is elected president.
“The truth of the matter is, you all, you all know, you all know in your gut what has to be done. We can disagree in the margins, but the truth of the matter is it’s all within our wheelhouse and nobody has to be punished. No one’s standard of living will change, nothing would fundamentally change,” Biden stated.
Biden’s gaffes on the campaign trail, which continuously reveal his true thinking about race and class, are making him the enemy of the rest of the Democratic field and their supporters, and even a large cross-section of the left-wing media.
Biden is getting roundly mocked for his persistent efforts to paint himself as Barack Obama’s best friend and Obama’s favored candidate in the presidential race, despite evidence to the contrary.
“How many times is Biden gonna say something stupid?” Obama reportedly said on the 2008 campaign trail after somewhat reluctantly choosing Biden as his running mate, as reported by the tell-all book Game Change.
Obama’s top strategist threw shade at Biden when Biden tried to insinuate that he was Obama’s BFF on “Best Friends Day.”
“This is a joke, right?” Axelrod responded to Biden’s Twitter offering of a best friend bracelet to Obama.