Giancarlo Sopo, The Blaze, December 8, 2019
Joe Biden called the United Daughters Of The Confederacy “an organization made up of many fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag.” pic.twitter.com/uWRNUCU4sO
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Former Vice President Joe Biden once praised a group that liberals have described as a “neo-Confederate” organization as consisting of “fine people,” in a video shared Sunday by President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The video is from a 1993 Senate hearing during the Supreme Court confirmation process for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra pointed out, then-Sen. Biden made the comments about the United Daughters of the Confederacy in response to remarks from by one of his colleagues in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
At the time, Biden said:
I, too, heard that speech and, for the public listening to this, the Senator made a very moving and eloquent speech, as a son of the Confederacy, acknowledging that it was time to change and yield to a position that Senator Carol Moseley-Braun raised on the Senate floor, not granting a Federal charter to an organization made up of many fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag as a symbol.
Critics of the former vice president were also quick to accuse Biden of hypocrisy since he launched his own campaign attacking President Trump for his controversial “very fine people on both sides” comments during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Biden’s praise for members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1993 could create problems for his presidential campaign today among the Democratic Party’s progressive base.
This is also not the first time the presidential candidate has been blasted for similar comments. In June, Biden reminisced of “civility” in the Senate while invoking his interactions with two southern Democratic lawmakers who opposed desegregation efforts.