When Former Vice President Joe Biden entered the presidential race, he didn’t start out well. He started with a debunked lie about Presidential Donald Trump, saying that one of the reasons he got into the race was because of Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville and calling neo-Nazis “very fine people.”
That of course was untrue. Even CNN’s Jake Tapper has debunked it. But that hasn’t stopped Biden from claiming it everywhere he’s been campaigning.
But in Columbia, South Carolina before a mostly black congregation at the Bethlehem Baptist Church the day before MLK Day, not only did Biden say it again, but he added to it, linking Trump to the KKK in the same sentence, clearly trying to stoke historical fears and suggesting that the progress that has been made was unraveling due to Trump.
From Fox News:
“Folks, some mornings I wake up and I think it’s more like what it must have been in 1920 than 2020,” Biden said.
He went on to recall the efforts and success of the Civil Rights Movement, saying that at the time people “thought we began to move and that civil rights was beginning to make some real progress.”
Biden forebodingly claimed that this progress was part of a movement that “has not been able to be stopped until recently,” warning that while “I thought you could defeat hate … hate only hides.”
He then repeated the debunked claim.
“What I realized is that hate just hides,” Biden said after recalling this. “And it when it comes out from under the rocks, when it gets a little bit of oxygen.”
The former vice president then went even further in connecting Trump to racism.
“This president and his–the Ku Klux Klans and the rest of them, they think they’ve beaten us again but they have no idea. We’re just coming back.”
That’s despicable for Biden to try to stoke fear with such lies.
It harkens back to when he did the same thing when he was running with Obama and said “they’re going to put y’all back in chains,” referring to the campaign of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. He got backlash at the time for that comment, but seemingly none of his comments this weekend about Trump.
What’s terribly ironic is that it’s Biden who actually has a lot of questionable issues when it comes to race in his past.
Here’s Biden raising the arm of a former KKK Exalted Cyclops for a Klan chapter, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV).
PolitiFact recently rated a 100% real photo showing Joe Biden associating with former KKK leader Robert Byrd “mostly false,” in one of the most obvious attempts to keep the Democrat frontrunner clean of scandals. @POTUS pic.twitter.com/QNVDPj2Yhv
— ]intheMatrixxx[ (@intheMatrixxx) September 6, 2019
Byrd had been a KKK leader earlier in his life but renounced it. He was still honored by Democrats when he died. Politifact rated the claim “mostly false” because he was called a “grand wizard” in some of the claims as opposed to his actual former title “Exalted Cyclops.”
WATCH: Joe Biden catches himself saying "POOR KIDS are just as bright and talented as WHITE KIDS…" then quickly throws in a bunch of other races to cover for it.
Just imagine the outrage if a Republican did that… pic.twitter.com/anqudHyMdR
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 9, 2019
Then there was his description of Barack Obama as he, Biden, was about to declare his run for president against Obama. He called Obama the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Not only was the description offensive, but historically it ignored African-Americans before Barack Obama who had achieved great things in politics.
In 2006, in New Hampshire, Biden commented on the growth of the Indian-American population in Delaware saying, “You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. Oh, I’m not joking.”
Also in 2006, Biden made two statements suggesting how the South should be more accepting of him as a candidate because his state of Delaware’s status as a slave state.
“Biden was on a roll,” the reporter said. “Delaware, he noted, was a ‘slave state that fought beside the North. That’s only because we couldn’t figure out how to get to the South. There were a couple of states in the way.'” (emphasis added)
In the same speech, he also made a sympathetic reference to a Columbia Rotary Club member’s announcement “that the club would hold its annual Christmas party at the state Department of Archives and History where members could view the original copy of the state’s Articles of Secession.”
“Where else could I go to a Rotary Club where (for a) Christmas party the highlight is looking at the Articles?” Biden mused.
Even if you tried to argue that comment might be a joke, this comment to Fox’s Chris Wallace surely wasn’t.
When Fox News asked what made him think a northeast liberal could win the South Carolina primary, Biden beamed, “You don’t know my state. My state was a slave state, my state is a border state, my state has the eighth largest black, population in the country my state is anything from a Northeast liberal state.”
He’s saying that it was a “slave state” as a positive, as to why people from the South should elect him. Yikes.
Biden is the last person who should be talking about anything anyone else says. The real question is why there isn’t more media attention to his comments like these which show a pattern.