Joe Biden and Kamala Harris arrive to inauguration
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President Biden’s wife is reported to have aimed the remarks at then-senator Kamala Harris after the Democratic Party primary debate in June 2019. During the debate, Ms Harris attacked Joe Biden’s record on racial segregation which appeared to trigger a furious rant from the presidential candidate’s wife. Dr Biden is reported to have made the expletive-ridden remarks during a conference call with Democrat party activists, according to a new book about the 2020 presidential election.
The Daily Mail reports that the First Lady and her husband’s pick for Vice President have since “moved on” from the row.
When challenged by a reporter during a visit to a hospital in Washinton DC on Thursday, Dr Biden replied: “That was two years ago.”
“We’ve moved on from that,” added FLOTUS.
Dr Biden’s heated outburst reportedly came after Ms Harris accuses her husband of opposing moves in the 1970s to end racial segregation in schools.
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The claim was made in an excerpt of journalist Edward-Isaac Dovere’s new ‘Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump’.
Dr Biden is reported to have said: “With what he cares about, what he fights for, what he’s committed to, you get up there and call him a racist without basis?’
“Go f*** yourself.”
In response to the allegations in Mr Dovere books, a FLOTUS spokesperson told Politico: “Many books will be written on the 2020 campaign, with countless retellings of events — some accurate, some inaccurate.”
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“The First Lady and her team do not plan to comment on any of them.”
During the heated primary debate Ms Harris, the only black woman standing out of 20 Democrats, had attacked the then frontrunner over his previous ant-bussing stance.
Bussing was a programme introduced by the US federal government in the 1970s with the aim of improving the diversity of education.
She said to Mr Biden: “I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground.
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“But I also believe, and it’s personal and I was actually very, it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.
“And it was not only that but you also worked with them racist senators to oppose bussing.”
The future Vice-President added: “And there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public school and she was bussed to school every day and that little girl was me.”
Mr Biden hit back at the time saying: “It’s a mischaracterization of my position across the board: I did not praise racists. That is not true.”
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