Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday reacted to Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s response to President Biden’s Wednesday tackle earlier than Congress.
Scott mirrored on the thought of a unified nation amid social gathering disagreements and racism in America in his speech, saying that whereas he will get “referred to as ‘Uncle Tom’ and the N-word — by ‘progressives'” — he believes “America is just not a racist nation.”
Harris agreed with Scott in a Wednesday interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in response to a query concerning the senator’s follow-up remarks.
“I don’t suppose America is a racist nation, however we additionally do have to talk reality concerning the historical past of racism in our nation and its existence right now,” the vp mentioned.
She added that she applauds the president “for at all times being able and the braveness … to talk the reality about [racism in America].”
“One of many biggest threats to our nationwide safety is home terrorism manifested by white supremacists, and so these are points we should confront,” she mentioned. “It doesn’t assist to heal our nation — to unify us as a folks — to disregard the realities of that, and I feel the president has been excellent and an actual nationwide chief on the problem of claiming let’s confront the realities…understanding all of us have a lot extra in frequent than what separates us.
Harris added that she and Biden need to “unify the nation” however not with out “talking reality and requiring accountability as applicable.”
Scott mentioned throughout his speech that he thinks it’s “backwards to battle discrimination with totally different discrimination” and “improper to attempt to use our painful previous to dishonestly shut down debates within the current.”
“Consider me, I do know our therapeutic is just not completed,” he mentioned.
Their feedback come because the U.S. faces what some pundits have dubbed a “racial reckoning” after George Floyd’s homicide and different cases of police brutality in opposition to Black Individuals.
Scott famous throughout his speech that Democrats final 12 months blocked his police reform invoice after the deaths of Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
“My mates throughout the aisle appeared to need the problem greater than they needed an answer,” the senator mentioned. “However I’m nonetheless working. I’m nonetheless hopeful. When America comes collectively, we’ve made great progress. However highly effective forces need to pull us aside.”