Sen. (D-N.J.) and have criticized for bragging about how well he worked with segregationists, but for the most part, his fellow Democratic politicians have given him a pass. 

“I think that is the most important characteristic that candidates have to convey to the American people, and ,” House Majority Leader (D-Calif.) told reporters Thursday morning. 

She added that while “an issue like this” is “important,” it’s “not central to what the election is about.” 

“I’m he needs to apologize,” said Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who has endorsed the former vice president.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking African American member of Congress, said he worked with the notorious segregationist senator Strom Thurmond his whole

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