Whoopi Goldberg defends Biden over remarks about segregationist senators

Whoopi Goldberg defends Biden over remarks about segregationist senators

“The View” co-host Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi GoldbergMeghan McCain blames 'toxic' hostility for 'The View' exit 'Shark Tank' investor Barbara Corcoran apologizes for comments about Whoopi Goldberg on 'The View' Bill Maher hits back at Whoopi Goldberg over 'Black national anthem' MORE on Thursday defended former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act:  a bill long overdue 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.


“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 BookerSenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing MORE (D-N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet 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.”