President Joe Biden has gone all-in when it comes to perpetuating the identity politics that has become commonplace in the Democratic Party. With that in mind, it seems a new report may hit a little too close to home for the commander-in-chief.
A pair of genealogists have reportedly uncovered a hard truth about President Biden: some of his ancestors, the experts have learned, were slave owners.
According to genealogist Alexander Bannerman, the ancestors were on Biden’s father’s side of the family tree.
Blast from the past
Politico was the first to report on the discovery, which, according to the Washington Examiner, will be outlined in an upcoming book titled The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power. For the book, Bannerman reportedly teamed up with presidential lineages expert Gary Boyd Roberts to conduct a deep dive into Biden’s genealogy.
Biden has for decades played up his Irish heritage from his mother’s side, as Politico noted, but he has scarcely ever mentioned the English side of his lineage on his father’s side.
Citing an 1800 census, Bannerman told Politico that a man named Jesse Robinett, Biden’s great-great-great-grandfather, had owned two enslaved people in Allegheny County, Maryland.
The 1850 census apparently showed that another of Biden’s great-great-great-grandfathers, Thomas Randle, had enslaved a 14-year-old boy in the 1st District of Baltimore County, Maryland. By 1860, Randle reportedly had moved his family and a single enslaved man to another district in the county.
Not the only one
Additionally, the genealogists claim to have discovered a distant connection between Biden and one of his ancestors, Allen Robanet, with a woman named Varina Anne Banks Howell, who just so happened to be the wife of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.
Bannerman asserted that, given Biden’s ancestry, which dates back to Colonial America, his ties to slavery are relatively modest. “Not a lot of ancestors, and not a lot of slaves,” he said of Biden’s family history, according to Politico.
Notably, Business Insider reports that President Biden is far from the only prominent modern lawmaker found to have ancestral connections to slavery in America.
As it turns out, so did former President Barack Obama and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as well as former U.S. Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke (D-TX), who made a big deal of apologizing for it during his failed 2020 presidential bid.
“Something that we’ve been thinking about and talking about in town hall meetings and out on the campaign — the legacy of slavery in the United States — now has a much more personal connection,” O’Rourke wrote in a 2020 blog post, according to Business Insider.