On Friday, President Joe Biden again spoke fondly of his old days serving with segregationists in the US Senate.
“Things have kind of changed since the days I got there,” he reflected, recalling that he was first elected at the age of 29.
The president spoke fondly of his early career at an event in Ohio to promote Jobs.
“We always used to fight like hell, even back when we had real segregationists like Eastland and Thurmond and all those guys,” Biden said. “But at least we ended up having lunch together.”
Biden was referring to known segregationist Democrats such as Mississippi Sen. James Eastland and South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond.
The President indicated that it was time to bring back the good old days of the two parties working together in the Senate.
“Things have changed, we have to bring him back,” he said.
Biden frequently talks about the good old days when he worked with segregationists in the Senate, which got him into trouble.
The president’s left-leaning critics have sounded the alarm after he spoke during the election campaign about working with segregationists, praising them for their “civility”.
“He never called me ‘boy,'” Biden said of Eastland, dropping into a mock Southern accent. “He always called me ‘son’.”
“Well guess what?” Biden continued. “At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much. We got things done. We have completed it. But today you look the other way and you are the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We do not talk anymore. »
He eventually expressed regret over his statements after criticism of his remarks alarmed his struggling campaign.
“Was I wrong a few weeks ago to give people the impression that I was praising these men against whom I have always successfully opposed? Yes, I was,” he said afterwards during a campaign speech. “I regret that. And I’m sorry for any pain or misconception they may have caused anyone.