Following a fundraising event in Bethesda, Maryland, Biden pushed back against US Senators such as Kamala Harris and Cory Booker after they denounced the former VP’s comments on segregationist, Democratic Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge.
"Cory should apologize," Biden remarked Wednesday. "He knows better. There's not a racist bone in my body. I've been involved in civil rights my whole career."
In response to the infighting, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also offered her two cents.
For the record, Cory Booker does *not* owe Joe Biden an apology for pointing out that waxing nostalgic about working with segregationists is insensitive.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 20, 2019
“He knows better?” Really? What is “better?” To stay quiet about it? https://t.co/RvFzqAXPI5
However, Biden did pick up the phone to speak with Booker following the former’s Wednesday evening demand that he apologize. Though not much is known about Biden and Booker’s conversation, a spokesperson for Booker’s campaign told The Hill, "Cory believes that Vice President Biden should take responsibility for what he said and apologize to those who were hurt."