Former Vice President became the target of Democratic criticism on Wednesday after he invoked two Southern segregationist senators by name as he fondly recalled the “civility” of the Senate in the 1970s and 1980s.

Speaking at a fundraiser in New York City on Tuesday, Biden with the late Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.), both Dixiecrats who fiercely opposed desegregation.

Biden, who joined the Senate in 1973, told the crowd how Eastland used to call him “son” rather than “boy,” and labeled Talmadge “one of the meanest guys I ever knew.”

“Well guess what? At least there was some civility,” Biden continued. “We got things done. We

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