Thursday on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg defended former Vice President Joe Biden vis-a-vis his so-called “segregationist” remarks. And you know what? She wasn’t wrong.
Though it’s telling that she’d never offer President Donald Trump the same courtesy …
Nevertheless, while some conservatives may hate to admit it, Goldberg made a valid point when she noted that it wasn’t wrong for Biden to cite his past interactions with two former colleagues who were staunch segregationists as examples of why working with those with whom you disagree is a must in life.
“You have to work with people you don’t like, and if you are in an entire environment where there is lots of different people that you don’t like, you have to figure out what to do,” she said Thursday, echoing the former VP’s own point.
“Listen, beat Biden in the debates, you know? If you can beat him, beat him. Don’t try to make him out a racist. You don’t like some of the stuff he has done? Say that, but you can’t say he’s racist. He sat for eight years with a black guy. Did he have a noose in the background?”
“Come on!” she added in exasperation. There are real racists out there…Nobody who’s running has a perfect record. There’s something to find on everybody.”
She wasn’t wrong.
The controversy erupted earlier this week when Biden described how he’d managed way back in the 1970s to work with two Democrat colleagues, despite those colleagues’ abhorrent views.
“Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done,” he’d said. “We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”
He wasn’t wrong to say that. Both liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans do tend to view each other as mortal enemies versus as members of the same team (#TeamAmerica) who merely disagree on the best path forward in regard to America’s future and its well-being.
Nevertheless, critics pounded with the fury of a thousand suns. Almost all of the other Democrat candidates running for office slammed him for being an old, potentially racist man “out of step” with the modern Democrat Party. Sen. Cory Booker went so far to demand Biden apologize.
Over on CNN, meanwhile, David Gergen issued an ultimatum.
“I don’t think you can have it both ways,” he argued to anchor John Berman. “I understand why he wants to celebrate his experience but he’s going to turn it into a liability if he keeps talking this way.”
That’s right, promoting tolerance — even toward those whose views you find abhorrent — is a “liability.”
“The real issue here is that he seems to be looking at the world through a lens that was created back in the early 1990s and so he interprets things in a different way than what most other people do, especially younger people do today,” Gergen continued.
“It may well be that working with a couple of segregationists got bills passed. But a lot of young people today don’t think you ought to celebrate that. You shouldn’t celebrate segregationists. You should oppose them and I think he missed that, he missed that in his comments.”
But as hinted at by Goldberg on Thursday, they were all missing the point, Booker included.
In agreement was the show’s resident conservative, Meghan McCain.
“I have a really vivid memory as a child of sitting in the Senate dining room with my dad and Strom Thurmond coming in,” she said. “And he was very old in and a wheelchair.”
Thurmond, now deceased, was a Democrat senator who strongly supported segregation.
“He was first elected in 1954,” McCain continued. “He was governor of South Carolina in 1947. [My father] had no choice but to work with him because he was elected. And to hold everyone’s history of public service of who they were forced to work with against them, not only do I think is disingenuous, but I think it’s Democrat on Democrat cannibalization, and I think it’s ridiculous, and I don’t like the idea that we are holding people who have led their lives of public service like Vice President Biden has done, against him.”
Watch the full segment below:
BIDEN DEFENDS WORKING WITH SEGREGATIONISTS: Former VP Joe Biden is under fire about finding consensus as he worked as a senator alongside Southern Democrats with opposing views, including those who supported segregation – the co-hosts weigh in. https://t.co/nYSOAof10m pic.twitter.com/kYi6fjNNzf
— The View (@TheView) June 20, 2019
There’s nothing wrong with what Goldberg, Navarro and McCain said. It’s telling though how they never afford the president the same courtesy and respect.
Despite improving black unemployment, launching inner-city programs, supporting HBCUs, implementing criminal justice reform and more, Trump is never given credit by any of the ladies on “The View.” To them, it appears he’ll forever remain a punching bag.
Now, all of this isn’t to say that Biden can’t and shouldn’t be slammed for his crap. He should! When he warned a black audience in 2012 that then-GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was going to “put ya’ll back in chains,” that was insensitive, ignorant crap.
But when the former VP recently said that accomplishing goals sometimes requires working with people you don’t agree with or perhaps don’t even like, he wasn’t wrong, and anyone who’s intellectually honest should have no problems admitting as much.
Sadly, there are a lot intellectually dishonest people in America:
Between this and her Bella Thorne shaming, it may be time to cancel Whoopi ?
— Josh ?️? (@JoshFromIndy) June 20, 2019
— Beth Joy ? (@BethPapaleo) June 20, 2019
— NGE (@brentwalton87) June 20, 2019
Exactly. Whoopi was straight up Samuel L Jackson in Django when it came to this topic
— DowntownChic (@DowntownChic) June 20, 2019
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