Whoopi Goldberg of “The View” leaped to the defense of Joe Biden after his comments about segregationists in the Senate by pointing out that he had been vice president to President Barack Obama, the first black man to be elected to the White House.
Biden’s comments about segregationist Sens. James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia have been condemned by his fellow 2020 presidential candidates.
“I grew up during the ‘60s, late ‘50s, ‘60s, and people like Robert Byrd were my senators, and Richard Russell, Strom Thurmond, William Fulbright, Sam Ervin. A lot of these guys voted ‘no’ on the Civil Rights Act. Some of them were former Klansmen. This is the world as it was,” Goldberg said on Thursday,
“The idea — listen — beat him — beat Biden in the debates, you know? If you can beat him, beat him. Don’t try to make him out a racist. You don’t like some of the stuff he has done, say that, but you can’t call a dude a racist. He sat for eight years with a black guy, did he have a noose in the background? Come on,” she continued.
Sen. Cory Booker has called for Biden to apologize for the remarks, which Biden brushed off.
“Apologize for what?” Biden said. “He knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Period. Period. Period.”
Booker maintains he was not calling Biden a racist, but what he said was insulting and out-of-touch.