There certainly has been quite a bit of talk about 2020 democratic candidate Joe Biden’s record on race relations, but just how far back in history this goes may surprise some.
Biden, the former Vice President under Barack Obama, has been the democratic frontrunner in the crowded field for 2020 since his entrance into the race. By delaying his campaign’s official announcement, Biden was able to fend off a half-dozen or so women who accused the longtime politician of inappropriate intimate contact during his decades in Washington DC.
Now, as we head into the meat-and-potatoes of the election itself, Biden lengthy history in the Capitol is under the microscope. This has included a number of instances of Joe’s previous votes appearing to conflict with the modern democratic party.
Most surprisingly, however, may have been the former VP’s support for restoring the citizenship of one of the Confederate States’ most prominent figures.
Joe Biden supported an effort to restore the citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis during his early days in the U.S. Senate.
The Democrat frontrunner, who is embroiled in controversy after praising the “civility” of two ardent segregationist, voted in 1977 to restore the citizenship of Davis, who had been stripped of it after the Civil War. Biden supported the measure as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and later voted for it on the floor of the Senate, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
The measure was ultimately signed into law by President Jimmy Carter.
In recent years, a growing liberal movement to have Confederate statues and monuments removed from the public space has sparked a heated debate.
Many believe that the monuments commemorate the Americans who fought and died during the Civil War, while others believe that they represent the racism and brutality of slavery.
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