Eastland called black people "an inferior race" and Talmadge announced his opposition to the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education by declaring, "There aren't enough troops in the whole United States to make the white people of this state send their children to school with colored children".
"He has lived his life, he considers certain things a resource that he has worked across the aisle, that's what he was saying", Pelosi said to reporters at her weekly press briefing Thursday, reported Fox News. What he was saying was, 'I can work with these people who were awful.
"I think Cory Booker is taking advantage of the situation to try to get some attention", Navarro said.
The letters were provided Thursday to The Washington Post by the University of MS, which houses Eastland's archived papers. Cory Booker of New Jersey, one of his black 2020 rivals, criticized both Biden's work with segregationists and the language that he used in describing it.
Former Vice President Joe Biden came under increasing fire Wednesday and Thursday from his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, after he reiterated his comments about how he had valued working in the Senate with ultra-right segregationists like James Eastland of MS and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, diehard defenders of Jim Crow.
It could also mark a new phase of the campaign for Booker.
"Despite my preoccupation with family matters at this time, I intend to place the highest priority on attending to my committee responsibilities", Biden wrote.
This morning MSNBC's Joy Reid spoke with Clyburn and asked him about Biden's remarks and what "the objective of a comment like that" was.
"Now not lower than there became some civility", he said.
This sounds awful in the context of our times.
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Biden, consistently the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, ran into hot water this week when he discussed working with those you might not agree with.
After Biden's remarks at the Wednesday night fundraiser, advisers played down his comments about Eastland as a garbled rendition of a familiar Biden anecdote. "This doesn't damage him here, with blacks or whites". "You don't like some of the stuff he's done, say that, but you can't call the dude a racist". "He always called me 'son'". "This was Eastland's way of diminishing young senators".
The former vice president is notorious for saying odd things that range from inappropriate to daft to comedic to offensive. The two men later spoke privately. But this time, his words could be more than a minor misstep for his campaign. Now Richmond will have to do the same for Biden, who has a much more extensive public record to review.
Biden's campaign would not elaborate on the call, but it is clear the topic could linger over the coming days.
The error follows Democratic candidate Joe Biden's controversial comments on the "civility" of his relationships with segregationists like Eastland and Talmadge.
"It sets the stage for Booker to show he is a serious candidate", said Brady Quirk-Garvan, a former chair of the Charleston, South Carolina, Democratic Party who has endorsed Booker. "I don't think they need to get off course with their strategy".
"If yesterday was a sign that they're gonna be willing to mix it up a little bit and be smart about doing so", said Fallon, "then I could see that being the beginning of a turning point".
"I encouraged campaign staff that I know to say: 'Don't back off on this".
"A lot of these guys voted no on the Civil Rights Act", she said.
"You know that some of the other issues, he's got to evolve with the times, which he has", O'Brien added. "But you just simply make the case, and you beat them".