Just got an email from a reader who says he has a third instance, on tape, of Trent Lott remarking that Strom Thurmond should have been President in 1948:
The occasion is the signing of the Spence / Warner Defense Spending Bill in October of 2000, and the remark which is made by Lott to a woman standing behind Senator Thurmond, who is himself in the process of signing the bill is NOT directed
to the senator himself, but is offered as an aside (furthermore, this event was in no way intended as a tribute to Thurmond, as the birthday celebration was, and thus seems not to have been inspired directly by any attempt to please Mr. Thurmond w/o any actual endorsement of Thurmond’s Dixiecrat platform, as Lott has claimed the birthday tribute was). The remark is exactly as follows, and though spoken off-camera, is quite audible:
“Yes…he should have been elected in 1947…or 1948, it was”.)
If you’re a journalist and you want to talk to this guy or get a copy of his tape, send me an email and I’ll put you in touch.