Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden finally apologized over the weekend after he boasted about working with pro-segregationists during his time in the U.S. Senate.
During a speech on Saturday to a mostly black audience in Sumter, South Carolina, Biden did apologize for his comments, but did not say it was wrong to work with them.
"Now was I wrong a few weeks ago, to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men who I successfully opposed time and again? Yes, I was. I regret it. I'm sorry for any of the pain or misconception that I caused anybody," Biden said.
"But did that misstep define 50 years of my record for fighting for civil rights, racial justice in this country? I hope not. I don't think so. That just isn't an honest assessment of my record," Biden continued. "I'm going to let my record and character stand for itself and not be distorted or smeared."
Biden attempted to downplay his previous comments by telling the crowd that the U.S. Senate "was full of segregationists" at that time and he did not believe he was wrong to work with "those who we find repugnant to make our system of government work for all of us."
Biden came under fire last month for naming two late Southern segregationist senators — James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia — as examples of people he worked with that showed his ability to bring people together.
"At least there was some civility," Biden said then. "We got things done."
Biden's 2020 campaign has not gotten off to the smoothest start.
Earlier this month, the former VP suggested starting a "real physical revolution" and using "brass knuckles" if the Republican-controlled Senate won't pass his agenda as commander-in-chief.
While addressing the Poor People’s Campaign, moderator and MSNBC host Joy Reid asked Biden how he would get his proposals through a GOP-led Senate.
“If we can’t get a consensus, nothing happens,” Biden said.
“There are certain things where it just takes a brass knuckle fight,” he continued, turning dark.
“Or let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it because we have to be able to change what we’re doing within our system,” Biden added.
Before that, he found himself in hot water again for plagiarizing a slogan from Michael Avenatti, the anti-Trump lawyer who briefly flirted with a 2020 run of his own before being indicted on multiple charges.
During a rally in Iowa, Biden said: “He says, ‘let's make America great again.’ Let's make America America again.”
Avenatti has used that slogan in public at least four times in the past year.
Biden's campaign also got busted last month for copying language for his environmental plan word-for-word from environmental nonprofits without attribution.
Since he announced his 2020 run back in April, four women have come forward and accused the former vice president of inappropriately touching them and pulling them in close to rub noses.