Presidential hopeful Joe Biden is under fire after comments he made at a recent event were seen by some as racially insensitive.
Biden compared today’s political climate in the senate to that of his early career, citing today’s lack of “civility.” He went on to single out his ability to work with two colleagues, Herman Talmadge and James O. Eastland, who were vocal supporters of segregation.
"We got things done. We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done,” said Biden. He also went on to say of Eastland, “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son.’” “Son” is historically a derogatory term used to disparage African-American men.
Senator Cory Booker has called for Biden to apologize for the comments, but Biden refused, saying it’s Booker who should apologize. “Apologize for what? Cory should apologize. He knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body,” said Biden.
Booker responded on Twitter:
Vice President Joe Biden told me I should know better. As a Black man in America, here's what I know: pic.twitter.com/MbbrVbi3BJ— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 20, 2019
The panelists of The View spoke out in defense of Biden. “Don’t try to make him out to be a racist,” said co-host Whoopi Goldberg. “You don’t like some of the stuff he’s done, say that, but you can’t call the dude a racist. He sat for 8 years with a black guy,” she added.
Guest co-host Ana Navarro said she thinks Booker is using Biden’s comments to get attention. “I think Cory Booker is taking advantage of the situation to try to get some attention,” she said. “Joe Biden is not a racist. It’s why he’s got good, very strong support from the African-American community,” continued Navarro.
But not everyone agreed with the duo. Some on Twitter felt Biden’s comments were racist and that the panel shouldn’t be supporting him:
#TheView @TheView just because Joe Biden was a vice president for African American president Obama it doesn't excuse him from his racist comments or racially insensitive comments. No double standard. I can't believe that Whoopi Goldberg is excusing Joe Biden for his wrong doings— Hi li (@HiliThinkSmart) June 20, 2019
Others felt that Biden isn’t racist and spoke up in support of the former vice president:
Correction: Whoopi seems to be the only one to understand the point Biden was trying to make. Congress needs to grow up and work together. Cory Booker wake up!— Elaine (@Elaine72948039) June 20, 2019
Agree 200% with Whoopie. Folks, knock it off! Stop nit picking every word the candidates say and listen to what they are really telling you. Agree / disagree, but STOP making mountains out of mole hills. Joe Biden is a man of incredible integrity and honor. He is no racist. (1/2)— linda goldstone (@altakaker) June 20, 2019
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