And it’s beginning to look a lot like that Democratic contender will be former Vice President Joe Biden, who was around for all of Barack Obama’s scandalous eight years in office and, thus, promises more of the same should he beat the odds and win in 2020.
But if blacks en masse wind up supporting Biden, it will be one the biggest acts of hypocrisy in political history given his blatant, well-documented history of out-and-out bigotry aimed primarily at African-Americans.
One such example was just recently unearthed by Breitbart News involving a speech Biden gave back in 1973, just after the tumultuous 1960s civil rights movement was supposed to have ‘righted’ all of the past injustices blacks were historically forced to endure.
In late May, Breitbart News noted that, during the speech, Biden discussed what he thought was “good for the Negro” when the site reported on a new book by prominent Left-wing writer Ryan Grim of The Intercept, who mentioned the May 18, 1973 speech before the City Club of Cleveland, Ohio.
In addition to making racially insensitive remarks before the group — which published the full audio of Biden’s comments earlier this year — the former VP also said some things about women most would find highly insensitive today.
But prior to now, no other full accounting of his speech has been reported:
Breitbart News has reviewed the full recording, and is providing an in-depth report of a number of questionable comments Biden made during these remarks.
In addition, the news site has managed to obtain a 1972 newspaper article in which Biden made more insensitive remarks including saying he was a “phony liberal” while having a discussion about being nice to minorities.
When he gave the speech to the Cleveland group, Biden was 30 years old and had recently won an upset victory as a U.S. Senate candidate from Delaware. He would subsequently hold on to that seat for seven terms (42 years) before becoming Obama’s VP.
The speech took place amid the backdrop of the still-emerging Watergate scandal involving the Nixon administration, so much of the focus was on the fundamental makeup of our country as the scandal unfolded. (Related: Joe Biden considers run for 2020 Democratic presidential nominee; see his most infamous gaffes.)
Biden decided to use a football analogy to discuss how then-President Richard Nixon attempted to handicap Democrats ahead of his landslide 1972 election victory, saying he didn’t believe women in the room would be able to comprehend it — and that didn’t matter, because he said there wasn’t supposed to be any women in the room anyway.
“The only analogy that I can really think of, is a football analogy,” he said. “And I apologize to you women in the audience for not being able to think of a more appropriate analogy, but they told me they didn’t want you here anyway. I didn’t expect any women to be here.”
Biden, at one point, was discussing campaign finance reform, and noted that he would certainly have taken “$20,000” from a wealthy donor had one taken him seriously and had offered. He then disparaged poor (and minority) Americans when he said, “Unfortunately, there aren’t a whole lot of people who want [low income] housing that have a lobby that can contribute to your campaign.”
Towards the end of the event, Biden talked about evolving positions on race from former segregationist Democrats in the Senate when he made his “good for the Negro” comment.
“I think the two-party system, although my Democratic colleagues won’t like me saying this, is good for the South and good for the Negro, good for the black in the South,” he said. “Other than the fact that [the southern senators] still call me boy, I think they’ve changed their mind a little bit.”