Biden reminisces about having lunch with ‘real segregationists’ back ‘in the old days’ of the Senate

President Joe Biden seemed to indicate Friday that he prefers the company of “real segregationists” of the past to the company of modern-day Republicans. He hinted as much while reminiscing about his former days as a U.S. senator.

“You know, things have kind of changed since the days when I first got there. … I got elected when I was 29 years old, in the United States Senate, from a very modest background. And I was there for 36 years before becoming vice president,” he said.

“We always used to fight like hell, and even back in the old days when we had real segregationists like Eastland and Thurmond and all those guys. But at least we’d end up eating lunch together. Things have changed. We got to bring it back,” he said.

He made the remarks while speaking alongside Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, at United Performance Metals, a metal manufacturer in Ohio, in promotion of the Bipartisan Innovation Act.

The bill exists precisely because Democrats and Republicans — namely Brown and Portman — have in fact been working together like in the supposed good ol’ days, and so it’s unclear why the president feels so exasperated with Congress.

It’s also unclear why the president keeps praising segregationists.

He last praised segregationists during the 2020 presidential election primaries.

“At least there was some civility. We got things done. 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,” he said then in regard to his former interactions with segregationists.

His Democrat primary opponents, many of whom now hold prominent positions within his administration, clapped back at the time by calling him “out of step” with contemporary Americans.

To make matters worse, the then-Democrat presidential primary candidate refused to backtrack.

“Joe Biden has refused to apologize for remarks in which he praised the ‘civility’ of an arch-segregationist Mississippi senator he used to collaborate with,” as reported on June 19th, 2019 by Rolling Stone magazine.

“He has called on the critics of his remarks, in particular 2020 rival Cory Booker, to make amends, instead. ‘Cory should apologize. He knows better,’ Biden said. ‘I’ve not a racist bone in my body.'”

Yet Biden has an extensive history of making blatantly racist remarks.

Last year he said Latinos weren’t getting vaccinated because they were “worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported.”

Prior to the 2020 presidential election a year earlier, he claimed that any black American who wouldn’t vote for him in the 2020 election “ain’t black.”

Later that year, he insulted black people, saying, “Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”

Returning to the present, Biden is facing no criticism this time around from elected or appointed Democrats, likely because he’s the president, and Democrats across the board are desperate to boost, not harm, his administration.

The criticism this time is coming straight from the public.



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