- Joe Biden believes things were done in a more civilized manner when he worked with segregationists.
- Biden noted two great men that were able to “get things done” James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, two former senators.
- The focal point of this speech was to try and emphasize his ability to work with anyone to get the job done.
NEW YORK – Joe Biden, the former vice president, gave a speech at the Carlyle Hotel in New York to a crowd of 100 fans. Biden, who has +425 odds to win the 2020 Presidential election, seemed to fall short during his speech. In an attempt to say he has dealt with all kinds of personalities during his political career, he managed to commend two well known racist politicians, former Senator Herman Talmadge of Georgia and former senator James Eastland of Mississippi.
“I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland, at least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything,” Biden lamented with a somewhat southern accent to the crowd. “We got things done. We got it finished. 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.”
Both Eastland and Talmadge were staunch segregationists. They believed that African Americans were the inferior race and opposed all civil rights for them as well as the integration of blacks and whites within the United States. The idea that Biden would use the word “civility” when referring to these two men is appalling and has not gone unnoticed.
The People Have Spoken
Those that are working with Biden on his campaign need to begin damage control on the events of last night as they were not well received. There were plenty of ways that Mr. Biden could have said that he is able to get along with anyone. However, highlighting and then praising white supremacists he worked with in the past may not have been the best way to go about it.
“Eastland was known as the “Voice of the White South.” He opposed the Civil Rights Act, complained of “mongrelization,” and spoke of black people as “an inferior race.” Jamil Smith of the Rolling Stone tweeted.“He may have liked you, @JoeBiden. He still voted to undermine our humanity. You just disproved your whole point.”
Eastland was known as the “Voice of the White South.” He opposed the Civil Rights Act, complained of “mongrelization,” and spoke of black people as “an inferior race.” He may have liked you, @JoeBiden. He still voted to undermine our humanity. You just disproved your whole point. https://t.co/H35eEBALJN
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 19, 2019
Democrats that say they know how to work with racists completely obliterates their whole campaign and their belief in democracy.
“The idea that unapologetic bigotry and White ethnocentrism can be defeated by congeniality or lukewarm messages of tolerance is not only frightening in terms of naiveté,” cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux wrote in an op-ed piece for NewsOne. ‘It’s a dangerous misrepresentation of who the Democratic Party has been for decades: both a safe haven for liberal racism and a mirror into the soul of the dangerous “white moderate” that refuses to be uncomfortable enough to recognize this country’s ills.”
Joe Biden needs to rethink his entire campaign strategy. While Biden is currently the number one democratic candidate for the 2020 Presidential election, ElectionOdds.com knows those numbers could very well change after this week's speech. If he continues on this path, he may just sink his third campaign.