“The View” host Meghan McCain called on critics of former Vice President Joe Biden to cut back on their outrage about his friendly relationship with segregationists because President Barack Obama was friends with them too.
For the past several weeks, Biden has faced criticisms for his comments about working with segregationist Democratic Senators early in his career. The former vice president tried to make the case that he could work with anyone, but his nonchalance about his relationships with bigots rubbed many the wrong way.
Biden’s early refusal to apologize for his comments set the stage for his very public takedown by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) during the first round of presidential debates, where she discussed how his relationship with those senators hurt her and allowed for segregation to continue, especially Biden’s opposition to forced bussing.
On Sunday, Biden finally broke down and apologized for bragging about his relationship with the racist senators. Though Biden made the apology, McCain made the argument that he shouldn’t have felt obligated to apologize for having a working relationship with the segregationists.
She argued that Obama was also complimentary of some segregationist senators, including Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.).
Watch McCain’s comments:
“You’re talking about Senator Robert Byrd, who was a Democratic senator, who used to be a Kleagle in the Klan. Which, by the way, Obama also spoke and eulogized him. Obama called him, quote, a true champion. Biden said he was one of his mentors. Both of these men eulogized him at his memorial service. So my problem with this is, hold President Obama to the same standard you’re holding Vice President Biden.”
McCain said she had a “huge problem” with those claiming these comments somehow provided evidence that Biden was a racist.
“Again, if we’re talking about Robert Byrd’s eulogy, [Obama] called him a ‘true champion,’ McCain noted.
According to reports, the McCain family is backing Biden in his 2020 presidential bid against President Donald Trump, who has been a longtime critic of their patriarch former Sen. John McCain (D-Ariz.).
“The View” host also defended Biden during one of his previous campaign scandals, tweeting that he was a “truly decent and compassionate” man during the height of his inappropriate touching scandal.