Washington Free Beacon Editor-in-Chief Matthew Continetti said former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments about segregationists are typical of the candidate, and if he is to remain the frontrunner, Democrats “better get used” to his frequent gaffes.
“This is the second time in one month that Joe Biden’s mouth has gotten him in trouble,” Continetti said on Fox News Channel’s Special Report. “First was with the Hyde Amendment, where he was already moving toward the Democratic position, but it was a flip-flop nonetheless, on taxpayer funding of abortion.”
Continetti said Biden’s comments upholding his past ability to work with segregationist Democratic senators in the 1970s is not a forward-looking strategy.
“Presidential elections are about the future, not about segregation,” Continetti said. “This is a bad week for Joe Biden: Democrats need to understand that Joe Biden’s mouth has been getting him in trouble for half a century, they better get used to it.”
Biden came under fire after he recalled fondly working with fellow Democratic Sens. James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, both segregationists.
“At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done,” Biden said according to the New York Times. “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.”
Following his comments, Biden came under fire from many Democrats including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.). Booker demanded Biden apologize for remarks he deemed insensitive to blacks descended from slaves.
Biden, however, refused to back down.
“Apologize for what? Cory should apologize,” Biden told reporters on Thursday. “He knows better. There is not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career, period, period, period.”
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