Former Vice President Joe Biden praised a segregationist friend less than 24 hours after he promised to stop mentioning his past work with segregationists.
The 2020 presidential candidate told reporters Tuesday that he should not have discussed his memories of working with segregationists in the Senate earlier this summer, according to Politico.
“I’m not using those examples anymore,” he said, the publication reports. (RELATED: Warren Weekend Event Draws Thousands While Biden Draws Hundreds)
But Biden mentioned segregationist friend Fritz Hollings one day later at a townhall in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Wednesday. Hollings, a South Carolina Democrat who served as a senator for more than 38 years, passed awayat age 97 in April.
“Folks, you know, I spent an awful lot of time in South Carolina because of my good friend,” Biden said, “and he was my great, great friend and helped me a great deal through some very difficult times, Fritz Hollings and PT Hollings, and I miss him.”
The former vice president often faces backlash for his political background. He told reporters Tuesday that “it’s hard” when his actions are brought up without the context of the time period.