In a Tuesday speech urging the U.S. Senate to ditch filibuster rules in order to pass his radical and unconstitutional federalization of election laws, President Biden compared his agenda’s critics — which include Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — to former Alabama Gov. George Wallace and Confederate leader Jefferson Davis.
“Do you want to be the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?” Biden said. “This is the moment to decide, to defend our elections, to defend our democracy. If you do that you will not be alone.”
In the past, however, Biden has aligned himself with the Alabama governor, who is infamous for opposing racial integration. Biden once bragged that Wallace had, in 1973, thought of him as “one of the outstanding young politicians of America.” He also made an apparently invented a claim that he had received an award from Wallace in the same year.
In 1975, Biden said the “Democratic Party could stand a liberal George Wallace,” and in 1981 suggested “sometimes even George Wallace is right.”
Biden’s now-Vice President Kamala Harris called out his segregationist-friendly record during the Democrat presidential primary in 2019, bringing up his opposition to busing students like her during school integration. Biden’s lies to hide his record were so bad even The New York Times noticed.
Biden has proven himself no stranger to smearing his political opponents as racists and domestic terrorists. Analogizing moderate supporters of an old Senate rule, namely the filibuster, to the likes of George Wallace and Jefferson Davis, hardly smacks of the “unity” we were promised from this administration, and is doubtful to win Biden any hearts and minds.