Whoopi Goldberg defends Biden over remarks about segregationist senators

Whoopi Goldberg defends Biden over remarks about segregationist senators

“The View” co-host Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi GoldbergChelsea Clinton says she's not considering a bid for New York House seat Lizzo, RuPaul, Monica Lewinsky among those reading 'The New Colossus' in promo for Statue of Liberty documentary Huntsman of 'The View' declares Castro campaign dead after Biden moment MORE on Thursday defended former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren 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 BookerWarren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Gabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges MORE (D-N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Kamala Harris reacts to supporter who got tattoo of her handwriting Even with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency 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.”