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Joe Biden's Love Letters To Racist Senator Revealed

Jeff Katz
June 22, 2019 - 11:25 am

Joe Biden has taken a lot of heat in the past week for his relationships with segregationalist senators during his time in the Senate, and Friday, it got worse for the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

On Friday, old letters Biden wrote to Mississippi Democratic Senator James Eastland thanking him for his assistance in helping Biden combat forced school busing were released, causing another firestorm for Biden.

The Washington Post reported that Biden wrote to Eastland, a known racist, in a 1977 letter:“I want you to know that I very much appreciate your help during this week’s Committee meeting in attempting to bring my anti-busing legislation to a vote.”

Biden wrote the letter during his first term as a Delaware Senator as a time when U.S. courts were fighting to integrate public school busing, something Biden and many of his Senate colleagues opposed.

When asked about his relationship with the racist senators, Biden said it was one he "had to put up with." The letters, however, reveal a more friendly association, especially on the issue of integrated school busing.

Biden's campaign said Thursday that "the insinuation that Joe Biden shared the same views as Eastland on segregation is a lie."But clearly, these two did share the same view on the desegregation of school buses. 

According to the New York Post, the letters also show that Biden's relationship with Eastland dates back to 1972, before Biden took office, and that he listed his top six committee requests for Eastland, with the top two items being Judiciary and Foreign Relations. Biden also thanked Eastland later for his help, saying he was "flattered and grateful."