Biden and Booker Demand Apologies From Each Other After Clashing on Former VP’s Segregation Comments

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) had a series of heated exchanges over comments made on segregation.

During a fundraiser on Tuesday night, Biden talked about his work in the Senate and reportedly noted that he worked closely with segregationists like Sen. James O. Eastland (D-Miss.) to pass legislation.

Biden quipped that Eastland “never called me boy, he always called me son,” referencing the racist use of the word “boy” to demean black men during the civil rights era. This comment was made even worse when Biden bragged about the success he had working with segregationists like Eastland.

“At least there was some civility,” Biden said. “We got things done.”

Many were outraged that Biden joked about being called “boy” while claiming he had “civility” when working with segregationists. Booker, one of his 2020 Democratic presidential opponents, was the most outspoken.

Booker’s comments began shortly after Biden’s comment became public. The senator took to Twitter with some not-so-subtle hints that he was not happy with Biden’s comments.

Booker then released a statement calling on Biden to apologize for his comments, writing:

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.

[…] I have to tell Vice President Biden, as someone I respect, that he is wrong for using his relationships with Eastland and [Sen. Herman] Talmadge (D-Ga.) as examples of how to bring our country together.

And frankly, I’m disappointed that he hasn’t issued an immediate apology for the pain his words are dredging up for many Americans. He should.

Some 2020 Democrats echoed Booker’s call for an apology, including Biden’s closest competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

These demands for an apology outraged Biden, who saw it as nothing more than a political attack. The former vice president demanded that Booker apologize for tying him to racism.

Watch Biden’s comments on Booker:

“I could not have disagreed with Jim Eastland more. […] You don’t have to agree. You don’t have to like people in terms of their views. But you just simply make the case and you beat them. You beat them without changing the system.”

Biden was then pushed on whether he would apologize.

“Apologize for what?” Biden responded. “Cory should apologize. He knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body.”

Booker then went on CNN to address Biden’s demands for an apology on Wednesday evening.

Watch Booker’s response to Biden:

“You know, the vice president said I should know better, and this is what I know. As a black man in America, I know the deeply harmful and hurtful usage of the word ‘boy’ and how it was used to dehumanize and degrade. I know that segregationists like the two people he was talking about through their laws and their language deeply wounded this nation, and the present-day manifestations of their work can still be seen in black and brown communities like the one I go home to.

I know that somebody running for president of the United States, somebody running to be the leader of our party, should know that using the word ‘boy’ in the way he did can cause hurt and pain, and we need a presidential nominee and the leader of our party to be sensitive to that, and the last thing I know is I know that I was raised to speak truth to power and that I will never apologize for doing that. And Vice President Biden shouldn’t need this lesson.”

Booker noted that he will not be apologizing to Biden.

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Otis
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Big-mouthed cry babies.

James
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Booker appears to be extremely thin-skinned and should drop out of the racism race. He’s obviously been called “boy” on numerous occasions and is not yet adult enough to simply move on. “Stick and stones . . . .”, Booker.

Screwtape
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BOTH should apologize and be ashamed for belonging to the party of slavery and segregation. Also interning American citizens without due process. (oh right, those people were Asian, which counts infinitely less in the Racism Olympics)

They even had a former KKK ranking officer, Robert Byrd, in their caucus. FOR DECADES.

Lyndon Johnson, a prolific and profligate user of the “n-word”. That’s considered the modern day equivalent of invoking Satan (though that is now “acceptable”. q.v. Church of Satan).

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