MSNBC host Kasie Hunt apologized after falsely calling two Democratic segregationists Republicans while on air.
While reporting on presidential candidate Joe Biden saying working with segregationist senators is an example of bipartisanship, Hunt claimed that they were Republican.
“Joe Biden references his relationships with two former Republican colleagues at an event in NYC. The only problem? They were both segregationists,” said Hunt.
Watch the moment below:
MSNBC's Kasie Hunt: “Joe Biden references his relationships with two former Republican colleagues at an event in NYC. The only problem? They were both segregationists”
The Senators were identified as James Eastland & Herman Talmadge
They are Democrats
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— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 19, 2019
However, she quickly corrected her statement, saying that they were Democratic lawmakers.
“Earlier today, I inaccurately said Sens. James Eastland & Herman Talmadge were Republicans,” Hunt tweeted. “They were, of course, both Democrats. We regret the error. We’ll make sure to correct it on the show tomorrow, but wanted to correct the record here in the meantime.”
Check out her correction:
Earlier today, I inaccurately said Sens. James Eastland & Herman Talmadge were Republicans. They were, of course, both Democrats. We regret the error. We’ll make sure to correct it on the show tomorrow, but wanted to correct the record here in the meantime.
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) June 19, 2019
During a fundraising event in New York City on Tuesday, Biden claimed that working with James Eastland & Herman Talmadge was a way to prove bipartisanship. He claimed that Talmadge was “one of the meanest guys I ever knew” and Eastland called him “son.”
However, both were well-known segregationists and were against the bill that introduced the desegregation of the school system. Biden continued to defend working with them and claimed that they were not his enemy.
“At least there was some civility. We got things done,” said Biden. “We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”
Other Democratic candidates were quick to criticize Biden for using that as an example of bipartisanship.
“If those men had their way, I wouldn’t be in the United States Senate and on this elevator right now,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to ABC News.
As IJR Blue previously reported, Biden has had his share of controversy during his campaign, but it is uncertain if this will cause him to lose support.