Former Vice President Joe Biden doesn't get that his use of the term "boy" when talking about a past relationship with a Senate segregationist is offensive to the black community, Sen.
Joe Biden hasn't really been in the Democratic trenches in over a decade.
A second anonymous adviser to Biden's campaign also spoke to The Washington Post, brushing off the wave of criticism as a passing matter.
The backlash to these comments from the left has already begun, from rival presidential candidates Bill de Blasio and Cory Booker, to almost-presidential candidate Sherrod Brown, to commentators like Jamil Smith and Jamelle Bouie.
"For the record, Cory Booker does *not* owe Joe Biden an apology for pointing out that waxing nostalgic about working with segregationists is insensitive", the freshman New York Democrat tweeted Thursday. "He knows better. There's not a racist bone in my body", said Biden. "I've been involved in civil rights my whole career, period, period, period".
"Earlier today, I inaccurately said Sens. And Vice President Biden shouldn't need this lesson".
The first, most obvious reason to attack Biden's comments about working with Dixiecrats is opportunism. Instead, he's infuriating Democrats who say he's out of step with the diverse party of the 21st century and potentially undermining his argument that he's the most electable candidate in the race. James Eastland of MS and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, who Biden called "one of the meanest guys I ever knew". We didn't agree on much of anything.
"You don't joke about calling black men 'boys.' Men like James O. Eastland used words like that, and the racist policies that accompanied them, to perpetuate white supremacy and strip black Americans of our very humanity", Booker added.
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"Well guess what? At least there was some civility", he said of Talmadge. "This is the world as it was, and that's why L.B.J. had to beat up people to get them to notice us enough to give us the right to vote, okay?"
"If Democrats couldn't do it in 2018 with high turnout, maybe they could do it in 2020 with even higher turnout which is what we're all expecting to see", she said.
"The exact dynamics of 2008 are very unlikely to replicate entirely in 2020, so a new kind of Democratic base would have to emerge in North Carolina in order for a presidential candidate to carry it", said Leah Askarinam, who analyzes races across the country for Inside Elections. "Eastland thought my multiracial family should be illegal".
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Biden was "coddling" segregationists in a way that "suggests to me that he doesn't understand ... the dark history of our country".
The competing views over his comments came as he prepared for the group campaign appearance Friday in SC.
His reception in the state that's home to the first Southern primary will set the tone for an even bigger stage next week, when 20 White House hopefuls - including Biden - gather in Miami for the first debate of the primary. He later reversed his position. "He sat for 8 years with a black guy", she added.
Needless to say, Wednesday has not exactly been a breeze for the former vice president, with both Democrats and Republicans joining forces in a tag-team match to clock him into political unconsciousness. What he was saying was, 'I can work with these people who were bad. Probably me more than you. "But it's for them to decide, it's not for me to make a judgment as to how they're going to react to him", she said.
He has received support from some black leaders. In fact, the most prominent members of the Congressional Black Caucus largely defended Biden's point.