Whoopi Goldberg defends Biden over remarks about segregationist senators

Whoopi Goldberg defends Biden over remarks about segregationist senators

“The View” co-host Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi GoldbergJoy Behar on Trump: 'Why can't he be brought up on charges of hate speech?' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 jitters hit both parties in the Senate MORE on Thursday defended former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE, the 2020 Democratic front-runner, for invoking his past working relationships with two segregationist senators as an example of "civility."

Goldberg pointed out that she grew up in the era of segregation.

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“A lot of these guys voted 'no' on the Civil Rights Act,” she said. “Some of them were former klansmen. This is the world as it was. This is the world as it was, and that’s why LBJ had to beat up people to get them to notice us enough to give us the right to vote, OK?”

"You have to work with people you don't like," Goldberg added.

Goldberg then responded to other White House hopefuls, like Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Biden, Harris set for second Democratic debate showdown MORE (D-N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (D-Calif.), who have called on Biden to apologize.

“Beat him ... beat Biden in the debates, you know,” she said. “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 call the dude a racist.”

“He sat for eight years with a black guy. Did he have a noose in the background? Come on. Come on!”

Biden has faced mounting criticism over the last two days after invoking former Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.) during a speech at a fundraiser Tuesday night. 

The former Delaware senator cited his ability to work with the segregationists as an example of "civility" that no longer exists in Congress, pointing out that Eastland never called him “boy.”