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Kamala Harris agrees America is not racist and defends work on border

Kamala Harris agrees America is not racist but warns white supremacists are a great national security threat and she defends her work on border, saying it won’t be fixed overnight

  • Vice President Kamala Harris agreed with Republican Tim Scott that America is not a racist country but warned of threat of white supremacists
  • ‘I don’t think America is a racist country but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country,’ she told ABC’s ‘GMA” 
  • Biden has given Harris a long task list of priorities to shepherd 
  • She has come under fire from Republicans for not visiting border 
  • She defended her work on border diplomacy
  • ‘It’s not going to be fixed over night. If it were easy it would have been fixed a long time ago,’ she said 

Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday agreed with Republican Tim Scott that America is not a racist country but, she warned, white supremacists are a threat to national security.

In a wide-ranging interview on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ to mark her and President Joe Biden‘s 100th day in office, Harris also defended her work on the Southern border, saying the problem won’t be fixed overnight. 

‘I don’t think America is a racist country but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country,’ she said.

In his GOP response to Biden’s address to Congress Wednesday night, Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, warned about fighting discrimination with discrimination and talked about his personal experience with racism.

‘Hear me clearly: America is not a racist county,’ Scott said. 

‘It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present,’ he added.    

Harris, the first African American vice president, agreed America isn’t racist but warned the nation has to face the realistic threat from white supremacists.

‘One of the greatest threats to our national security is domestic terrorism, manifested by white supremacists,  and so these are issues that we must confront and it doesn’t – it does not help to heal our country to unify us as a people to ignore the realities of that,’ she said.

Vice President Kamala Harris gave a wide-ranging interview on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ to mark her and President Joe Biden’s 100th day in office

Biden has given Harris a long task list of his administration’s priorities to shepherd, including helping to sell his plans to aid the economy in recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and taking the lead on border diplomacy.

It’s the latter task that has brought a heap of criticism on the vice president’s plate. Republicans have hounded her for not visiting the border as the number of migrants crossing into the country has surged.

Harris sounded defensive when asked about her role in border policy during the interview. She spent two uninterrupted minutes explaining her work on the issue – a lifetime of air on morning television.

She started off by arguing most people from the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador don’t want to leave their homes.

‘Most people don’t want to leave home, they don’t want to leave their grandmother, they don’t want to leave the place where they grew up, the place where they’re familiar with the culture,’ she said, adding they do so because their basic needs aren’t being met.

She then went on to list the work she has done so far, including a virtual meetings and bringing in the Cabinet agencies to help.

Harris said the US needs to give citizens of those countries ‘hope.’

‘Let’s do what we can to give the folks there some hope, that if they stay, help is on the way,’ she said.

And she concluded by arguing the situation on the border won’t be fixed overnight.

‘It’s not going to be fixed over night. If it were easy it would have been fixed a long time ago. It’s not a new issue but we are prepared to make the investment and to get in there for the long haul to do what is necessary to address the reasons people flee,’ she said. 

South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott delivered his party's response to President Joe Biden's first address before Congress and talked about fighting discrimination with discrimination

South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott delivered his party’s response to President Joe Biden’s first address before Congress and talked about fighting discrimination with discrimination

VP Harris also defended her work on border diplomacy, saying the issue won't be fixed overnight

VP Harris also defended her work on border diplomacy, saying the issue won’t be fixed overnight

Harris will hit the road on Thursday to help celebrate the administration’s 100th day in office. And she’ll talk up Biden’s two new proposals – his $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan and his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan.

She’ll also visit a COVID vaccine site during her visit to Baltimore.  

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