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Where Do Michigan Democrats Stand on Biden’s Divisive Statements?

Earlier this week, Michigan Democrat Party Chair Lavora Barnes received criticism for calling millions of Michiganders racists because they support Donald Trump. Barnes doubled down on the statements on Monday, and thus far leading Michigan Democrats, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Senator Gary Peters, have been silent on the inflammatory remarks. None of this comes as a surprise, however, as they’ve also failed to address Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s long history of bigoted comments and policy decisions that have been detrimental to the African American community.

  • In 1977 then-Senator Joe Biden worried that de-segregation would cause his children to grow up “in a racial jungle.”
  • In 1987, Presidential Candidate Biden boasted about receiving an award from George Wallace and said Delaware was on the South's side in the Civil War.
  • In 1994, Senator Biden was on “the front line” of advocating for policies that led to mass incarceration and referred to black youths as “predators.”
  • In the 2012  Vice President Biden fanned racial tensions by saying Republicans were going to put African Americans “back in chains.”
  • And in 2020, Joe Biden insinuated that black people couldn’t think for themselves when he said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black.”

“For nearly five decades, Joe Biden has backed policies and made statements that are totally unacceptable. Yet Whitmer, Peters, and Barnes have remained silent,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “It’s time for Michigan Democrats to come to terms with the hypocrisy that lies within their party, instead of attacking the millions of Michiganders who disagree with their left-wing agenda. If our nation is to make real progress on race relations, the days of Democrats using it as a boogieman to silence opponents must end, and real dialogue must begin.”