At the recent Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law conference, President Joe Biden made a bold claim - one which I know personally to be absolute revisionist history .
Biden claims that he convinced Strom Thurmond to support the Civil Rights Act. Now, I was very close with Strom Thurmond during this time. I worked for him. It was my first job in Washington. And I can tell you as an absolute fact that Biden did not, as he said, "literally" convince Strom Thurmond to support the Civil Rights Act.
Here's the real reason why he eventually supported the Civil Rights Act. It's because people working for him, like myself, had meetings set up with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s widow, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Dr. Legree Daniels, Clarence Pendleton, Art Fletcher, and Sam Cornelius. It was these conversations that eventually changed Strom Thurmond's mind.
It's disgraceful that Biden would blatantly take credit for something that he so obviously didn't do, that real people fought and worked hard for. He deserves no credit.
Senator Strom Thurmond, Coretta Scott King, Armstrong Williams