But the Kennedys were paragons of honesty compared to LBJ. As a Congressman LBJ opposed Federal laws to end lynching and other violence in the South. As leader of the Senate LBJ worked to sabotage voting rights laws and civil rights laws proposed by the Eisenhower Administration. LBJ supported the KKK and Democrat segregationists throughout his career.
LBJ then presented himself as a champion of civil rights in the 1960’s.After having ignored and sabotaged responsible black leaders throughout his career LBJ allied himself with the leftist black radicals in the 1960’s. The result was violence, race riots and racial animosity that continues until this day.
Johnson was detestable, but he was a shrewd politician. He knew Presidents get the credit for major legislative achievements that happen during their term. He knew he would be hailed as the champion of the CRA of ‘64 and Democrats would get the credit. Even though it was Republicans who did the heavy lifting and had been since their beginning.