Once again Joe Biden is presenting himself as some kind of real-life Forrest Gump, this time revealing that he was apparently behind Strom Thurmond signing the Civil Rights Act.
While speaking on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the “Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,” Biden said to the audience; “Pause for just a moment. I thought things had changed. I was able to — literally, not figuratively — talk Strom Thurmond into voting for the Civil Rights Act before he died. And I thought, ‘well, maybe there’s real progress.' But hate never dies, it just hides. It hides under the rocks.”
Thurmond was a Democrat Senator who joined the GOP in 1964, when he also voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Of course, this means that Biden would’ve been only 21 years old at the time - still eight years away from when he’d win his Senate seat.
Another obvious flaw in Biden’s story is that he’s presenting Thurmond’s vote as practically being cast from his deathbed - but Thurmond didn’t die until 2003, nearly forty years later.The 1964 Civil Rights Act passed the senate with 83% of Republicans voting in favor, compared to only 65% of Democrats. The House approved the final version of the bill with 81% of Republicans voting in favor, compared to only 59% of Democrats.
While there’s no evidence Biden convinced Thurmond to vote for the Civil Rights Act, there is plenty of evidence that he eulogized former Ku Klux Klan Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd after he passed away in 2010.Matt Palumbo is the author of Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers: How the Left Hijacked and Weaponized the Fact-Checking Industry and The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros
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