By Jon Dougherty
As former Vice President Joe Biden considers throwing his hat into a very crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field, the opposition research is beginning to flow and educating voters to his past.
Which, according to what we’ve seen thus far, is racist and bigoted — typical for his party back in the day.
We already knew that Biden was a closet racist, having opposed segregation and forced busing to achieve it in the mid-1970s, excusing it as a matter of “black pride.” We noted:
Speaking in 1975, Biden voiced his support for continued school segregation throughout the United States, claiming that do so would benefit minority communities and that full integration with white students would rob blacks of â€œtheir own identity”…
During a speech 44 years ago, Biden opposed federally-mandated busing policies aimed at ending school segregation. But over the past couple of decades, Biden has attempted to nuance or outright shift his earlier position, claiming he was supportive of desegregation but merely didnâ€™t believe that the policy of busing black students into white school districts would achieve that. And last year, he claimed he â€˜heroicallyâ€™ voted to protect busing, the news site reported.
Now we learn that Biden was a closet bigot as well, believing at one time that gays in government were a national security risk, as reported by theÂ Washington Free Beacon:
Former vice president Joe Biden once told a group of constituents in Delaware he viewed homosexuals working for the federal government as “security risks,” according to anÂ archived local news reportÂ dug up by theÂ Washington Free Beacon.
Biden has positioned himself as an advocate for gay rights since leaving the White House. Last year, his foundation launched the “As You Are” program to promote acceptance of members of the LGBTQ community and fight against their discrimination.
In his first year as a U.S. senator, however, Biden appeared unwilling to accept members of the gay community as federal employees.
When asked by a gay rights activist about job discrimination in the federal and civil service during a September 24, 1973, meeting Biden held with members of the North Star Civic Association, Biden said his “gut reaction” is that they are risks to national security.
“My gut reaction is that they (homosexuals) are security risks,” Biden is quoted as saying, “but I must admit I haven’t given this much thoughtâ€¦ I’ll be darned.”
The WFB noted that, at the time, thousands of gays were fired from federal service as part of the “Lavender Scare,” after their sexual orientation was deemed a security risk — something to be exposed by Soviet agents.
“It was a view that dated back to the late 1940s,” noted Rick Valelly, a Swarthmore UniversityÂ professorÂ currently writing a book on the history of government employment discrimination against gays and lesbians.
“The idea was that high-status gay men would be so afraid of being outed that they’d be susceptible to blackmail,” he told the WFB. “It was a view that activists fighting for civil rights were trying to vaporize because there was never an instance of homosexual blackmail.”
The Cold War view taken by Biden isn’t necessarily, in and of itself, ‘wrong,’ per se, considering that, at the time, the United States and the Soviet Union had thousands of nuclear warheads pointed at each other, many on hair-trigger alert. Both sides were constantly looking for ways, through espionage, to expose each others’ weaknesses.
But what these two instances do demonstrate is that Biden’s ‘gut reactions’ were to be racist and bigoted; and at his age, you have to wonder if an old dog really has learned new tricks — or if he’s just learned to say the right things in order to fool enough people into supporting him.
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