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Nina Turner, co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign, ripped into Joe Biden (D) in a scathing op-ed over the weekend, arguing that the former vice president has “repeatedly betrayed black voters.”
Turner, a black woman herself, criticized Biden and argued that Sanders is a better choice for black voters across the country.
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“Will our community side with former Vice President Joe Biden, who has repeatedly betrayed black voters to side with Republican lawmakers and undermine our progress?” she asked.
“Or will we stand with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and a movement that has been fighting for racial and economic justice since the civil rights era?” she continued, citing Biden’s work as a senator:
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As a recent NBC News headline said of Biden’s time in the Senate: “Biden didn’t just compromise with segregationists. He fought for their cause.” The NBC report quoted the NAACP’s legal director saying that one Biden-backed measure “heaves a brick through the window of school integration.”
Sanders, Turner countered, had been organizing civil rights protests, participating in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, and finding himself arrested for “protesting rampant school segregation in Chicago.”
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Turner also accused Biden of aiding in what she called the “public degradation of Anita Hill” and argued that he “fought alongside right-wing Republicans to pass so-called ‘welfare reform’ that reduced financial support for low-income families”:
Biden echoed former President Ronald Reagan’s dishonest “welfare queen” language and wrote a column conjuring an ugly stereotype of “welfare mothers driving luxury cars and leading lifestyles that mirror the rich and famous.”
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In contrast, Sanders vigorously opposed these punitive cuts. “What welfare reform did, in my view,” Sanders said, “was to go after some of the weakest and most vulnerable people in this country.”
She also cited his past work with segregationist senators:
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Similarly Biden worked with segregationist Republican Sen. Strom...
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