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Biden says he prefers his segregationist peers of yesteryear to House Republicans: 'These guys are worse'
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Biden says he prefers his segregationist peers of yesteryear to House Republicans: 'These guys are worse'

President Joe Biden took a trip down memory lane this week in search of a group of people he prefers to House Republicans. He settled on segregationists.

Biden has long demonized the Republicans presently attempting to hold his administration to task for failing to secure the border and for censoring Americans.

In his notorious red-lit September 2022 speech at Independence Historical Park in Philadelphia, Biden claimed, "MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic." The geriatric Democrat has since expanded on this theme, stressing that the success of his top political rival and the Republicans who support him threatens "the brick and mortar of our democratic institutions."

The geriatric Democrat made clear at a fundraising event in San Francisco Wednesday evening that his political opponents are worse than "real racists." While his remarks are not catalogued among the White House's archive of speeches, they were captured in a White House press pool report.

"I've served with real racists," said Biden. "I've served with Strom Thurmond. I've served with all these guys that have set terrible records on race. But guess what? These guys are worse."

According to Biden, House Republicans today are apparently worse than Democrats who sought to tear apart communities on the basis of race because they "do not believe in basic democratic principles."

"By the time Strom left, he did terrible things," Biden reportedly went on to say, according to the New York Times. "I'm not making him more than he was. But my point is, at least you could work with some of these guys."

Strom Thurmond was a segregationist lawmaker and war hero who served as the Democratic governor of South Carolina from 1947 to 1951. After a supposed softening of his controversial stances and a brief flirtation with Republican politics, he unsuccessfully ran for president as a Dixiecrat candidate.

This is not the first time Biden has raised eyebrows reminiscing about his segregationist peers of ages past, and it's also not the first time he's invoked Thurmond to make a questionable point.

Blaze News previously reported that Biden claimed last year he had convinced Thurmond — who opposed the two major versions of the Civil Rights Act passed in 1957 and 1964 — to vote for the Civil Rights Act "before he died." This revisionist history prompted questions both about Biden's cognitive decline and grasp on reality. Not only did Thurmond vote against both versions of the act, Biden did not enter politics until 1971 and did not become a senator until 1973.

Biden and Thurmond apparently were not only close friends but in at least one instance saw eye to eye on segregation. Just as Thurmond opposed mandatory busing aimed at desegregating schools, the Washington Examiner noted that Biden similarly spoke in opposition to the policy in 1975, citing "black pride."

The Times highlighted that Biden's efforts to rehabilitate the reputation of segregationist Democrats of yesteryear also got him in trouble ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

At a New York City campaign fundraiser in June 2019, Biden fondly recalled in an affected Southern accent the "civility" of late Democratic Sens. James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia. Eastland said American blacks were an "inferior race." Talmadge indicated it would be better for schools to be shuttered than integrated.

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Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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