Cory Booker, Democrats Slam Joe Biden For Segregationists Remarks

Cory Booker, Democrats Slam Joe Biden For Segregationists Remarks

Democratic presidential candidates demanded an immediate apology from Vice President Joe Biden after he invoked two segregationist former senators as part of a call for working with the opposition.

"He never called me 'boy, ' he always called me 'son, '" he said about one of the southern Democrats.

The prediction comes after leaked internal polling in March from the President Donald Trump campaign showing the president losing Georgia to Biden by 6 points.

Just hours after appearing at Monday's Poor Peoples Campaign event in Washington, D.C. and promising to work for the less fortunate, 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden went straight to a Wall Street fundraiser in New York City where he solicited donations from, among others, a pro-Trump billionaire. He specifically named Mississippi Sen. Given that "boy" is used to insult black men, not white men, Biden's fond memory is oddly irrelevant and detached from historic context. "That segregationist never called you "boy" because you are white". "We can disagree in the margins". "The fact of the matter is, if we can't get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive branch".

However, according to the poll, Biden has a commanding lead over the Democratic field. It's one thing to talk about working across the political aisle.

Biden's comments were criticized by some political observers on Wednesday.

It's a point that may be worth making, and may appeal to a broad spectrum of more moderate Democratic voters, but the way he did it - citing specific long-deceased politicians with troubling records on racial justice - is dynamite for the party's activist base.

"You're not the other", Biden told the assembled group, most of whom were wearing suits.

The former vice-president has a history of gaffes that have derailed his past presidential bids.

Perhaps Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith put Biden's comments from Tuesday night in perspective best when he suggested the former vice president could be taking Black voters for granted. Early indications are that will not be the case.

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Senator Cory Booker responded: "You don't joke about calling black men 'boys'". "I have to tell Vice President Biden, as someone I respect, that he is wrong for using his relationships with Eastland and Talmadge as examples of how to bring our country together".

In a tweet featuring a photo of his inter-racial family, de Blasio wrote: 'It's 2019 & @JoeBiden is longing for the good old days of "civility" typified by James Eastland.

"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, it's a unsafe 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 risky "white moderate" that refuses to be uncomfortable enough to recognize this country's ills", Lemieux wrote.

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