Former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. faced continued scrutiny over his praise of segregationist senators in an interview with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday.
“Praising and coddling individuals who made it their life’s work and built their reputation off of segregation of the races in the United States. That’s a problem,” Harris told Ed O’Keefe. “I would not be a member of the United States Senate if those men that he praised had their way. I wouldn’t.”
She continued, claiming that Biden was ignorant. She said:
“We cannot be ignorant of the history of race in this country. And certainly anyone who is a leader should not be. That is a very loaded term, loaded with a history that includes extreme racism, violence. Discrimination prejudice you name it. All of that. It’s a very loaded term. And I think it is very important that we all who are leaders – who profess to be leaders – that we choose our words carefully understanding the significance and the power of our word.”
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