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President Biden raised eyebrows during his trip to Ohio when he reminisced about his time in the Senate when he broke bread with "real segregationists."
Biden visited the United Performance Metals facility in Hamilton and was accompanied by both Ohio senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and outgoing Republican Rob Portman.
"You know, things have kind of changed since I first got there… I got elected there when I was 29 years old to the United States Senate from a very modest background. And I was there for 36 years before becoming vice president," Biden said Friday. "We always used to fight like hell even back in the old days when we had real segregationists like Eastland and Thurmond, all those guys, but we ended up eating lunch together. Things have changed. We got to bring it back."
The president told Portman he was "sorry" that the lawmaker was leaving the Senate because he's "one of the good guys" because of the way he treats his peers.
Critics lambasted Biden for boasting about his past ties with the pro-segregation lawmakers.
"Segregationists were famously chill about who got to eat lunch together," National Review senior writer Dan McLaughlin quipped.
"Nothing like a hot lunch with a segregationist… " political commentator Dave Rubin tweeted.
"[O]f course you ate lunch together. [Y]ou were allowed to sit at their counter," National Journalism Center program director Becket Adams pointed out.
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