Just to add some thoughts to this. Would Robert Byrd be the longest serving Senator in history if he were a Republican and had said this as a a 27 yr old......
I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds. ”
— Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944,
In case your wondering the answer is NO.
Sure ole Bobby could have had a change of heart about such a stupid statement, only him and the Lord above know for sure. But I can guarn- damn -tee you if he had a R after his name he would have been shown to the curb A LONG TIME ago.
I'm sure he has changed his mind but than again, you never know HMMMMMMMMMMMM....
Robert Byrd re living " THE GLORY DAYS"