Joe Biden & Cory Booker Clash Over Segregationist Senators Comment, AOC Weighs In
It all started when 2020 election frontrunner Biden, while explaining how he missed “civility” in politics, reminisced about Sens. James O. Eastland and Herman Talmadge, two Southern Democrats who fiercely opposed racial integration. “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son,’” Biden said, seemingly signaling at the
racist use of the word. “Herman Talmadge, one of the meanest guys I ever knew… Well, guess what? At least there was some civility… We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done.” (Perhaps he called Talmadge “mean” for being one of the staunchest critics of desegregation, who even wrote a book,
You and Segregation, protesting it.)