Joe Biden blamed ex-law enforcement and military veterans for the “rise” of white supremacy at a CNN Townhall on February 16. Then he claimed to have become involved with politics because of “civil rights and opposition to white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan.” He also said cops should “shoot people in the leg.”
At times, Biden has exaggerated at best and falsified at worst claims about his civil rights activism.
He has often said that he marched in civil rights demonstrations, but aides would remind him that he did not personally participate. Earlier this year, he claimed that he was arrested in South Africa in the 1970s while trying to see Nelson Mandela, but his campaign later clarified that he was just separated from them at the airport…
…Biden now points to his brief time as a public defender in 1969 as a major point in his civil rights record (exact dates are unknown, but he appears to have held the job at least six months), but he gave a different reason for taking the job in his memoir than what he said at the church on Monday. Biden said that he was sitting in a courtroom feeling sympathetic toward a defendant. “I walked across Rodney Square and into the basement of a three-story building and applied for work in the public defender’s office,” he wrote…
…In the 1970s, Biden worked with segregationist senators to oppose federally mandated integration busing, calling it a matter of “black pride.”
And he was friendly with segregationist senators such as Jesse Helms, James O. Eastland, and Herman Talmadge. “All these men became my friends,” Biden said in his 2008 farewell address to the Senate. He called South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond one of his “closest friends.”
Biden helped lead the charge for a landmark 1994 crime bill, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which created “three strikes” mandatory life sentences for repeat offenders and increased prison funding by about $10 billion, among other provisions. He warned of “predators on our streets” who were “beyond the pale” while speaking in support of the bill.Washington Examiner
So did Biden actually start into politics to fight racism? Highly doubtful. Likely he viewed it as an opportunity rather than a cause to fight for. Now, he has a new cause- the witch hunt for white supremacy adherents within the ranks of military and law enforcement. (We won’t go into the history of the KKK started by Democrats during Reconstruction in the South. Just look it up.)
And you see what’s happening — and the studies that are beginning to be done, maybe at your university as well — about the impact of former military, former police officers, on the growth of white supremacy in some of these groups…
…And these guys are not — and women — are, in fact, demented. They are dangerous people.Joe Biden at CNN townhall
Conservatives and Trump supporters are at the tip of Biden’s spear, and he has added miltary veterans and former law enforcement. Will any of his targets actually be adherents of white supremacy? Or will they be a convenient excuse?
Featured photo: Screenshot via CNN
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