Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has gotten himself in trouble again.
The former vice president was talking about the good ol’ days of political civility when he mentioned how well he worked with two former Democratic legislators now largely regarded as racists.
Talking about working together, he said, "I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me 'boy'; he always called me 'son,'” according to NPR.
"Well, guess what? At least there was some civility," he continued, this time talking about Georgia Sen. Herman Talmadge, too. “We got things done. 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."
The problem is, both Eastland and Talmadge were pro-segregation Democrats. Eastland was known for referring to black people as an “inferior race” and spoke about them in disgusting terms, even telling a crowd once to abolish them with "guns, bows and arrows, slingshots, and knives." Talmadge pushed for schools to close rather than desegregate, according to the New York Times.
"I’m going to call it insensitive. It’s much worse than that. I don’t know what to call it except stupid,” said CNN correspondent John King on “Inside Politics.”
"Those were two racist members of the United States Senate. Why?”
Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker lit into Biden as well, saying, "You don't joke about calling black men 'boys.’ Vice President Biden's relationships with proud segregationists are not the model for how we make America a safer and more inclusive place for black people, and for everyone.”
“I have to tell Vice President Biden, as someone I respect, that he is wrong for using his relationships with Eastland and Talmadge as examples of how to bring our country together,” he added.
Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio piped up, too, writing on Twitter, It’s 2019 & @JoeBiden is longing for the good old days of ‘civility’ typified by James Eastland. Eastland thought my multiracial family should be illegal & that whites were entitled to ‘the pursuit of dead [N-word]s.’"
He went as far as to say that this should disqualify Biden from the race, writing, “It’s past time for apologies or evolution from @JoeBiden. He repeatedly demonstrates that he is out of step with the values of the modern Democratic Party.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s popularity among likely Democratic voters continues to slide downward, according to a roundup of national polls by RealClearPolitics, but he still has a considerable lead in the crowded field. Booker, who was never that popular, and De Blasio, who was unpopular from day one, have lost support as well.