Black South Carolina Pastor Thomas Nesbitt Thanks Biden for ‘Having the Courage to Apologize’ Over Segregationist Comments

An African Methodist Episcopal Church reverend thanked Joe Biden for apologizing for how he described his relationships with segregationist senators.

“We want to thank Vice President Biden for apologizing. We want to thank him for having the courage to apologize,” Rev. Thomas Nesbitt said in a prayer during a Morris Brown AME Church service on Sunday as Biden sat in a second row pew. Nesbitt noted that “God gave Jesus an apologetics to us.”

In a campaign speech in Sumter, South Carolina on Saturday, Biden apologized for “any of the pain and misconception” that arose from comments that he made at a fundraiser in June, when he pointed to his relationships with segregationist senators James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia as an example of civility. Presidential primary rivals Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey criticized Biden’s comments.

Church pastor Rev. James A. Keeton Jr. also appeared to try to help smooth over the controversy over Biden’s comment about segregationists during the service, introducing Biden as “somebody who understands the importance of working across the aisle” and “working with people who may not believe what you do.”

Earlier during the service, Biden gave brief remarks to the congregation of around 150 parishioners Sunday morning. He did not repeat or reference the apology he made on Saturday.

Biden referenced visiting Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston in 2015, located blocks away from the Morris Brown AME Church, with former President Barack Obama after the shooting that killed nine people.

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SOURCE: The Washington Examiner, Emily Larsen