Pelosi critical of Biden bringing up Bull Connor and Strom Thurmond in voting rights speech

Biden delivered a eulogy at former Sen. Strom Thurmond's funeral in 2003. "None of us had a lot of happy memories about Strom," Pelosi says

Updated: January 13, 2022 - 11:54am

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared her critique Thursday of President Biden's voting right speech earlier this week in Georgia, specifically taking issue with him mentioning former Alabama Rep. Bull Connor and former South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond.

Biden delivered a speech at a memorial service for Thurmond in 2003.

"I stand with the president. I thought his speech was wonderful and I stand with him in the fight for voting rights," Pelosi said at a news conference. "The only criticism I would make too, I wouldn't say they're criticisms but observations, nobody knows who Bull Connor is. If we're making the case to say if you want to be with Martin Luther King or Bull Connor, who is that?"

Pelosi continued: "Martin Luther King and John Lewis or the people who unleashed the fierce dogs on them? That's who Bull Connor is. Strom Thurmond? None of us had a lot of happy memories about Strom. So again, since you ask, my critique of the president's speech. I thought it was fabulous."

During Biden's speech on Tuesday, he said, "Even Strom Thurmond came to support voting rights."

He also said, “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”