President Joe Biden claimed on Monday that he “literally, not figuratively” convinced South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond to vote for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Biden was 21 years old at the time, and he was working as a Senate aide.
“I was a young lawyer,” Biden said during a speech in Philadelphia. “I went to Strom Thurmond and I said, ‘Senator, you're going to vote for this bill.' He said, ‘No, I'm not.' I said, ‘Senator, you have to vote for this bill.' He said, ‘No, I'm not.' I said, ‘Senator, I'm going to stay here until you vote for this bill.' And he said, ‘Okay, I'll vote for it.'”
Thurmond was a segregationist who opposed the Civil Rights Act, but he ultimately voted in favor of it after Biden's appeal. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 73-27, with Thurmond being one of only two Republicans to vote in favor.
Biden's claim has been met with some skepticism, as Thurmond's biographer has said that there is no record of the two men ever having met. However, Biden has stood by his story, and he said that he is willing to provide more details about the conversation if asked.
To learn more about Biden's Hysteria read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
President Biden on Monday claimed to have “literally” convinced South Carolina Democrat-turned-Republican Senator Strom Thurmond to vote for the Civil Rights Act — when he was just 21 years old.
Biden was born on November 20, 1942. The Civil Rights Act passed the Senate on June 19, 1964.
While Thurmond and Biden were contemporaries in the Senate, the president would have been 21 at the time of the landmark legislation's passing — and nowhere near the Senate seat he won at 29 years old.