Joe Biden pushed so hard in painting President Trump as politically divisive and racially insensitive during the final presidential debate.
Biden argued the protests sparked after the killing of George Floyd revealed the president’s weak leadership. He said President Trump made no positive move to address racial injustice.
“This is a president who uses everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division,” Biden said.
“This man has done virtually nothing for black Americans,” the vice president added.
Biden’s remarks, however, struck some critics as odd given his long tenure of office and problematic record on racial issues. Here are some of his previous racial insensitive comments to prove he’s been in a sheep’s clothing.
- 1. In June 2019, Biden praised his fellow Dem senators in passing anti-busing legislation.
Biden drew flak in June 2019 after praising two segregationists in a fund-raising event in NYC. In the event, he told the audience it was important that the next president “be able to reach consensus under our system.”
Biden then fondly mentioned working with two senate segregationists, Sen. James Eastland and Sen. Herman Talmadge.
His comments provoked outrage because of the notorious reputations of the two senators. Eastland opposed civil rights and integration. Talmadge declared, at one point, to maintain the “separation of the races.”
2. Biden lauded George Wallace, a notorious segregationist.
Biden not only associated with senator segregationists but also with a particular governor, George Wallace of Alabama. He bragged about how Wallace awarded him in 1973.
In an interview with Philadelphia Inquirer in 1975, Biden proclaimed the leftists could stand a liberal George Wallace, saying the governor is “not afraid to stand up and offend people. Biden was then in a discussion of why the liberals “shouldn’t apologize for locking up criminals.”
3. In the 1970s, Biden disapproved of busing and feared it would lead to a “racial jungle.”
Biden has been a leading opponent of busing to desegregate public schools. His hometown was a greatly affected area, especially in Wilmington.
In his first term as a senator, Biden argued in a Senate committee hearing that busing would lead to a “racial jungle.” His remarks almost costed his re-election.
“Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point,” Biden commented.
He made a plea for “orderly integration.”
4. Biden supported private segregated schools by protecting their tax-exempt status.
In his second term, Biden voted against revoking a provision that prevented the IRS from repealing the private segregated schools’ tax-exempt status.
At the time, he became at odds with then-President Jimmy Carter along with liberal institutions such as the American Civil Liberties Union.
5. Biden told Charlamagne, a black radio host, that if he can’t figure out who to vote between him and Trump, then he “ain’t black.”
In May, Biden asserted unsure voters “ain’t black,” while appearing on an NYC-based radio show.
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for Trump or me, then you ain’t black,” Biden said to one of the black hosts, Charlamagne Tha God.
The host and other commenters rebuked Biden’s remarks. Biden’s campaign tried to downplay the incident.
6. Biden stated, “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
In an August 2019 town hall, Biden sparked controversy when he said, “poor kids are just as bright and … talented as white kids.”
Biden was then speaking to the Asian and Latino Coalition of Des Moines.
“We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it, poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” the former vice president said. He then quickly attempted to save himself, adding, “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”
Biden’s comments forced his campaign to clarify the issue, claiming Biden “misspoke.”
7. Biden claimed he “learned about roaches” in a community pool in a black neighborhood where he worked and met a gang leader named Corn Pop.
Biden recounted the story after black children flanked him. He said he had a nearly violent encounter with a local gang leader named Corn Pop, who he confronted. He said he was then the only white lifeguard and had to call out Corn Pop, who was on the board.
“He was up on the board and wouldn’t listen to me, so I said, ‘Hey, Esther, you, off the board or I’ll come up and drag you off,’” Biden said.
Biden later apologized to the gang leader when he saw him with a group outside holding straight razors.
8. In 2008, Biden referred to Barack Obama as “the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.”
Before Biden became the running mate of Obama in 2008, their relationship was put at odds when Biden made a racial comment.
As he evaluated his opponents, his remarks about Obama almost threw him out of the bid.
“I mean, you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a story-book, man,” Biden said.
9. Biden said, “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”
In 2006, Biden appeared on “Road to the White House” of C-Span to discuss his deliberations. He then said most of his supports are from immigrants, especially Indian-Americans in Delaware.
His blunder came after commenting, “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent,” Biden said. “I’m not joking,” he continued.
Members of the Indian-American community were outraged by the comments as Biden tried to explain he meant it in a positive way. He said Indian-American, “middle-class families are moving into Delaware and purchasing family-run small businesses.”
10. Biden didn’t march in the civil rights movement, as opposed to his claim.
In an attempt to inflate his activism record, Biden repeatedly claimed he “marched” in the civil rights movement.
“When I marched in the civil rights movement, I did not march with a 12-point program,” Biden announced to his supporters in 1987.
“I marched with tens of thousands of others to change attitudes, and we changed attitudes,” he continued.
According to the New York Times Matt Flegenheimer, Biden never really marched in the movement.
Flegenheimer wrote Biden was repeatedly reminded by advisers of the issues on his claims. The journalist said Biden also more than once assured them that he understood, yet “kept telling the story anyway.”
His blatant lie, along with the issue of plagiarism, forced his withdrawal in the 1988 presidential bid.
What a reputation.