Biden Says He Does Not Think the ‘American People Are Racist’ Following Scott’s Remarks

President Joe Biden is weighing in after Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) declared that the U.S. is “not a racist country.”

The president was asked about Scott’s GOP rebuttal to his address to Congress Wednesday night, where the senator said, “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.”

“No, I don’t think the American people are racist,” Biden responded during a “Today” interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin. “But I think after 400 years, African-Americans have been left in a position where they are so far behind the eight-ball in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity.”

He added, “I don’t think America’s racist, but I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow and before that, slavery, has had a cost, and we have to deal with it.”

Watch Biden’s comments below:

During his remarks on Wednesday night, Biden called for “systemic racism” to be “[rooted] out.”

He said, “My fellow Americans, we have to come together to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve, to root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system and enact police reform in George Floyd’s name that passed the House already.”

Biden continued, “With the plans outlined tonight, we have a real chance to root out systemic racism that plagues America and American lives in other ways.”

Vice President Kamala Harris also reacted to Scott’s rebuttal, saying during a “Good Morning America” interview, “First of all, no I don’t think America is a racist country. But we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.”

“These are issues that we must confront,” Harris added. “It does not help to heal our country, to unify us as a people to ignore the realities of that.”

Responses

  1. If racism is so systemic, why haven’t the leaders of the Democrat party done anything about it.
    Biden 47 years in politics, Nancy Pelosi over 20 years in the House, Maxine Waters, over 20 years in the House.
    These Democrats have done nothing during their time in office.
    Why now?
    Because they know that in 2022 they will definitely loose the House and perhaps the Senate.
    So they have to throw the race card as much as possible, to try and convince the minority voters they are trying to do something.

  2. Mad King Biden the Usurper and Divider flip flops like a flounder. First he says we’re racist, then he says were not. He appears confused. Tomorrow, we’ll be racist again.

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  4. And the people should be reminded every time a Republican discusses racism that “all of the Jim Crow and before that, slavery” were Democrat policies.

    1. Can we move beyond the Civil War and try to fix the wrongs whether they were done by Democrats or Republicans. No matter where it started, can we fix this going forward? Republicans keep blaming Democrats for slavery, that may be the case during the Civil War but it is not the case today. Who opposes the Black vote? Who opposes BLM? We can fix this.

      1. Primadonna – Really? You’re going to try to discount hundreds of years of Democrat actions against minorities? That’s another attempt by a Democrat to divert attention away from the misdeeds of their past. Democrats have been responsible for mistreatment of minorities since Andrew Jackson created the Democrat party and instigated the Trail of Tears. When Republicans tried to end slavery, the Democrat plantation owners and statesmen convinced the Southern states that the North was engaging in aggression, that they should secede rather than give up their cheap labor. They lied to the populace of the South, telling them it was about state’s rights. That started the Civil War. After the war, during reconstruction, freed slaves were given 40 acres and a mule. The Democrats convinced store owners and mercantile exchanges to refuse to buy Black’s crops. The Blacks lost their 40 acres and a mule to the Democrat buyers, carpetbaggers. When Republicans introduced legislation to give Blacks the right to vote, Democrats voted against it. It passed, so Democrats formed the KKK to coerce blacks to stay away from the polls. On and on the segregation went. In 1924, 20 thousand Klan members marched on the Democratic National Convention to get their nominee elected.

        Then, the Democrats came up with a new plan. Buy the black votes. So, they started doing just that. Welfare, food stamps, government hand out food, housing vouchers, projects, etc. They used the same tricks that the Portuguese used in Brazil to gain control there. Buy it!! They do the same today.

        You fall for the same BS that the Democrat State Media pumps out every day – Republicans suppressing the Black vote. Nonsense. Republicans are trying to stop the cheating. Democrats have been cheating for decades. Busing minorities around from polling place to polling place, stuffing ballot boxes, the dead voting, illegals voting. They try to eliminate voter ID so anyone can vote as much as they want. In PA, during the last election, the legislature voted to suspend signature requirement 11 days before the election. Cheat, cheat, cheat. The new election laws are designed to stop the cheating, not keep minorities from voting. The Democrat State Media is lying AGAIN.

    2. Jim Crow laws were enacted in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by Southern Democrats. After Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1965 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, THOSE SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS BECAME REPUBLICANS AND REMAIN SO TO THIS DAY. To pretend that is not the case is absurd.

      Are you of the belief that Democrat candidates in the Southern states are endorsed by any white supremacy groups? Every group from Aryan Nation to KKK to Volksfront endorsed Trump in 2016 and 2020. He’s a Republican. Rep Paul Gosar spoke at the AFPAC rally in Orlando recently.–He’s a Republican. No Democrat lawmakers were speakers at the event.

      1. Syphilis – You are a liar. “THOSE SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS BECAME REPUBLICANS AND REMAIN SO TO THIS DAY” That is a lie. The old Democrats were voted out and Republicans were voted in around the same time that desegregation began. The only Democrat that became a Republican was Strom Thurman and he changed his stance on civil rights to favorable as well as a Republican. Another Republican, Richard Nixon was responsible for forced desegregation of the schools in the South.

        Did Sen. Byrd become a Republican? You know, Hillarrhoid’s mentor, Mad King Biden’s good buddy, for whom he gave a eulogy? Did George Wallace become a Republican? Sen. Byrd served until 2010 in the Senate. He remained a Democrat.

        Here is a statement from Byrd concerning Blacks: ” I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.

        — Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944″

        He was a Grand Kleagle, then elected to Exalted Cyclops. “In 1946, Byrd wrote a letter to a Grand Wizard stating, “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation.”

        He only resigned from the Klan when it became a liability to his political career. He claims he lost interest after a year, quit paying dues and attending meetings. He lied. He was in the KKK for at least 8 years and the dates on his letters would prove the 1 year claim a fraud.

        Byrd joined other Democrats to filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (get it, other Democrats, 1964, How about that, Democrats using the filibuster). Byrd voted against the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

        Democrats have and are still using Blacks as pawns. They buy their votes with all manner of gifts and trinkets. During Campaigns, they tell Blacks and other minorities that if they vote Republican, they will lose everything including their rights. ON the reservation here in MT, the Democrats tell the Indians that Republicans are trying to erase their history and culture. More lies. Since I live here on one, I get these fliers in the mail. Democrats are liars, nothing more and they remain Democrats. Lying about them becoming Republicans is nothing more than projection to divert attention away from the damage Democrats have done and are doing, using blacks and other minorities during elections.

        Stop repeating, repeating, repeating the Democrat lies.

      2. Ohh Philly. Everett Dirksen was a main driver of the civil rights bill. A Republican. How many Dems switched to Republican after the civil rights bill? Where do you get your information? Only 1 party has enslaved and put citizens in internment camps. When did any Republican embrace any of these so called white nationalists? Obama welcomed BLM. We see what a wonderful group they have become. Obama, Joe and Clintons did a eulogy for KKK Byrd. The Dems own KKK, Jim Crow, Bull Connor, George Wallace, white supremacy, etc etc. To this day the Republicans have never enslaved any citizens. Come on Philly

      1. No kidding, Dick, Democrats are racists, they have been since the beginning and still are. They use minorities, especially Blacks, at all times.

  5. funny coming from the guy that calls everybody that isn’t a socialist a racist and tells us white supremacy is the single biggest threat to america.
    no joe, YOU are the single biggest threat to america