According to a report by Patrick Howley at Epoch Times, former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden was not a huge fan of diversity back in the day.

“Biden argued that diversity is not America’s strength in a speech at the National Bank of Auburn’s fourth annual business forecast luncheon, according to the Feb. 17, 1976 edition of The Syracuse Post Standard. Biden was speaking at New York’s Springside Inn,” according to the report.

In fact, Biden was critical of both racial and economic diversity.

“We hear time and again that we are uniquely a melting pot. Because we’re black, white, rich and poor, therefore we’re strong,” he said at the time. “The fact that we are black and white, rich and poor drives us apart in America.”

Obviously, Biden is all aboard the diversity train as he runs for president in a Democratic Primary field that is obsessed with race. Some candidates are even pushing for reparations to be paid to descendants of slave owners.

Biden had an early campaign tiff with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) over his praise of segregationist Senators with whom he worked in past on the issue of busing.

“In June 1977, Biden wrote segregationist Democrat James O. Eastland to thank him for ‘efforts in support of my bill to limit court ordered busing,'” according to Business Insider.

After he fondly recalled working with Eastland and another segregationist Senator because they “got things done,” Harris whacked him during the first Democratic Party debate.

“I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground,” Harris told Biden. “But I also believe, and it’s personal and I was actually very — it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.”

The knives have been out for Biden, who holds a relatively large lead over the rest of the Democratic Party field. He will debate tonight in Detroit on the second night of the second Democratic Party primary.