Five times Joe Biden compared or contrasted Republicans with racist figures

President Joe Biden leveled a familiar criticism against the modern Republican Party, saying its members are worse than “real racists” such as former Sen. Strom Thurmond, continuing a theme throughout his presidential run.

Biden has made it a habit to go above and beyond in comparing Republicans to racist figures, often claiming they are worse than the worst of historical racists.

Here are five times Biden has compared Republicans to racist figures.

President Joe Biden speaks on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, at Culver City Julian Dixon Library in Culver City, California. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Biden contrasts modern discourse with ‘civility’ when working with segregationists

Speaking with donors in 2019 while on the campaign trail, Biden contrasted the difficulty of modern discourse with that during his time in Congress working with segregationists.

“I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,”
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