Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op MORE (R-S.C.) reacted to the controversy surrounding former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s comments about working civilly with segregationist senators by telling reporters to ask former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden Valerie Jarrett: ‘Democracy depends upon having law enforcement’ MORE if he “shares these concerns.”
“I find this odd that the media is now discovering something about Joe Biden they didn’t know in 2008. Why didn’t this come up in 2008 when he was picked to be the vice president?” Graham said. “And do you really believe that Barack Obama believes there’s something gone wrong with Joe Biden because he worked with people that were different?”
“Go ask President Obama if he shares these concerns.”
The Hill reached out to an Obama spokesperson for comment.ADVERTISEMENT
Biden, the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, made headlines this week after saying at a Tuesday fundraiser that he was able to accomplish things during his time in the Senate in the 1970s while working with segregationist senators, despite their differing views.
Biden said he “didn’t agree on much” with Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.), but they “got things done.”
The former VP drew backlash from several of his fellow 2020 candidates, including Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), who asked Biden to apologize for his remarks.
Biden dismissed calls to apologize Wednesday.
“He knows better,” Biden said referencing Booker’s call for an apology. “There’s not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Period. Period. Period.”
On Thursday, Graham dismissed some of the backlash, saying the idea that Biden is “somehow sympathetic to the views of his opponents because he worked with them is crazy.”
“It will destroy the country. I can give you a long list of things I disagree with about abortion, guns, you name it, and if I used that as an excuse to not work on immigration the country would be hurt,” Graham said.
The Hill reached out to Biden’s campaign for comment.
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