Former Democratic Senator Compares Biden Working With Segregationists to AOC Working With Ted Cruz

Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) compared present-day Democrats working with Sen. Ted Cruz (D-Texas) to former Vice President Joe Biden working with segregationists.

Biden has been in the headlines since Tuesday night when he commented about his working relationship with segregationist Sens. James O. Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.) while in the Senate.

According to reports, Biden joked about Eastland calling him “son” instead of “boy,” a remark that has earned him backlash from many. The former vice president made it worse by noting that he believed working with segregationists proved his civility.

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

As IJR previously reported, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has been particularly frustrated with Biden.

“You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys,'” Booker said in a statement. “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 demanded an apology from Biden for his comments.

During an interview on MSNBC, McCaskill noted that she understood why Booker was frustrated but claimed that he is as guilty as Biden because he has worked with people like Cruz and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Watch McCaskill’s comments:

“Well, first of all, they’re both good friends of mine. Cory is one of my dear friends, and so is Joe. But let’s get some context here. The things we really care about — immigration reform, the kind of criminal justice reform that we still need to reach for, climate change — you got to have 60 votes in the Senate. End of discussion. You don’t get 60 votes, we’re not getting big stuff done that’s important to people that we care about because we can’t get to 60 votes. Biden is trying to convey that he can work with really creepy, stinky people. And by the way, Cory Booker worked with Jeff Sessions, and AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)] is working with Ted Cruz. These are pretty stinky, creepy people themselves, right?”

McCaskill noted that it was a “big mistake” for Biden to use segregationists as the example but claimed that those criticizing him could just be looking for “their moment” on television.

As McCaskill noted, Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez have discussed working on a few bills together, including legalizing over-the-counter birth control and barring members of Congress from serving as lobbyists after their term.

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Brenda Estep
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Brenda Estep

We voted McCaskill out in Missouri and her last comment is a reason why. I could care less about anything she has to say.

Lee from Texas
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Lee from Texas

Amazing how words against others somehow come back against you! Biden’s Statement, “they wanna put you back in chains” was disgusting and demeaning. Now, he is getting the reverse (from Spartacus) no less, and hopefully knows the wrongs applied to calling others “RACIST!”

Smile Joe….

Jake
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Jake

Really! “Stinky, Creepy people”. Describing people you disagree with as stinky creepy, oh Claire thank god you are gone!

Toni
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Toni

Why does this article have Cruz as a Democrat? After his name, it lists (D-Texas)! Not a great job of editing!

Mike Sanders
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She got stinky and creepy but left out deplorable and irredeemable. Oh, and Wal Mart people too. All code words for republicans, southerners, red necks, and non-elites. As for Booker and others those two senators were Democrats. Of course todays Democrat thinks all those segregationists became republicans. And, of course, that’s another big lie they have been telling since the 70s. I have lived in the south for 60 years as a republican. Commercialization and large corporations moving south influenced my generation to turn to the republicans to promote the growth that was happening. I had many Democrat party members… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

I totally dispise AOC but I do have to commend her on finally seeing how her job is supposed to work. Both Parties are supposed to debate issues on mutual grounds open minded and if you find that the issue was challenged in all directions and finally hit a common ground conclusions then that should be approved. This crap of turning your noses up to issues soaly because you hate the President has got to STOP. America and American Citizens are dieing and hurt due to the Democratic Party’s tantrums.

Bill
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Bill

The Democratic Party has totally ignored there jobs that they are being paid for. If anyone else (not a political figure) were to ignore there jobs to make attacks on there boss’s I wonder how long there employment would last. This Democratic Party and there liberal zombies need to grow up a stop there temper tantrums because there Queen Hillary lost the election. They need to pull up there big boy/girl pants and start doing there jobs that the taxpayers hard earned money is paying them to do.

Willie Horton
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Who cares what McCaskill says? She’s a loser and a has been.

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