The race for upcoming 2020 presidential elections is getting real, where former Vice President Joe Biden has been leading and has raised the expectations of overthrowing President Donald Trump on November 3, 2020. However, his stars appear to have displaced, bringing an era of controversy in his way of campaigning.
Last week, Biden was heard speaking of his fond memories of working alongside segregationist senators at a fundraiser in New York City. Convincing the wealthy donors of his presidential bid, he talked about the importance of “civility” in politics. However, the statements sparked some unforeseen controversy.
While the candidate was praising his ability to work with the virulent racist Senator James Eastland of Mississippi and Senator Herman Talmadge of Georgia. “He never called me ‘boy,'” Biden recalled of his caucus with Eastland. “He always called me ‘son.'”
“At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything,” he stated. “Today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy.”
As the words were heard loud and clear, the rivals were quick to put his candidacy in a bad light. Joe Biden’s remarks allowed them to make a case that he is not the appropriate choice to win the 59th quadrennial elections.
One of the 22 opponents, former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel denounced Biden as “unchanging, unapologetic, unaware” for his comments. In a tweet, he stated that the former Vice President “is a disaster waiting to happen. If you are serious about beating Trump, you need to be serious about beating Joe and giving us a serious progressive for the White House.”
Besides, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said that he was “surprised” and “deeply” discontented by Biden’s unapologetic response to his racist statement and criticism. “You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys,'” Booker said, adding, “I’m disappointed that he hasn’t issued an immediate apology for the pain his words are dredging up for many Americans. He should.”
However, Joe Biden responded with resistance, on Wednesday. “Cory should apologize,” he said. “He knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Period, period, period.”
The popular candidate also said that his statements were “taken out of context”. He said, “I do understand the consequence of the word ‘boy,’ but it wasn’t said in any of that context at all.”
Where controversies around Joe Biden broke out, fellow candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, used the situation to benefit their position in the race. Where a single word has turned against Biden, will it affect his leading position that he has been striving to built during his campaign?
Prior to the Ohio Debate, the prime objective of the 12 Democratic hopefuls was to outshine