When you run for President, your past could come back to haunt you.
This is doubly true in an age where information travels at the speed of light, and nothing remains buried forever.
Just ask presumptive Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.
As Vice President and Senator, Biden has enjoyed a long and mostly illustrious career as a high-ranking politician.
However, even if something seemed okay at the time, we’ve learned it may be heavily scrutinized today.
For instance, there’s one word no white person – especially one in office – should ever say, according to many African-Americans.
But according to recently released transcripts, Biden did in fact say it … 13 times (via Breitbart):
The presumptive 2020 Democrat presidential nominee, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, used the N-word 13 times in a 1985 hearing series, U.S. Senate transcripts reveal.
Video of one example already hit the internet last month.
These Senate transcripts, though, reveal that Biden said the offensive word many times during the hearings in question.
Biden was questioning William Reynolds in 1985, then-President Ronald Reagan’s assistant attorney general for civil rights.
Apparently, Reynolds received a memo about a racist quote from a “key legislator,” where that word was used several times.
Biden cited this quote over and over during the hearing process, as the transcripts show.
Now, it’s important to note the context, and to be clear that Biden himself wasn’t trying to insult African-Americans. He was merely quoting somebody.
Still, many minority leaders have spoken out in the past, saying white people should never use the term, no matter what.
Bernie Sanders took flak for using that word in a book in the late 90s, for instance.
Democrats and leftist citizens spoke out quickly, condemning Sanders’ use of the term in the manuscript.
And unfortunately for Biden, he’s not immune to such backlash, either.
Could this have an impact on his supporters…?
- Senate transcripts show Joe Biden used the “N-word” 13 times during hearings in the ’80s.
- Though he was quoting others, many now say white people are simply not allowed to ever use the term.
- We’ll have to see how Democrats respond, and whether it’ll affect the presidential polls.