Vice President Kamala Harris, in an exclusive interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” stated that she believes it is important to “speak the truth” about the role racism has in the United States’ history.
The Vice President was responding to Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who delivered the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night. “America is not a racist country,” Scott said. He also took issue with what he called fighting “discrimination with different types of discrimination” and trying “to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.” In response to this, Harris told “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, “No, 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 and its existence today.”
The Vice President also spoke about unifying the country as well, “we want to unify the country, but not without speaking truth and requiring accountability, as appropriate,” she said. “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.” The Vice President praised Biden for calling out white supremacy terrorism in his speech and noted that U.S. intelligence agencies have determined it to be “the most lethal threat to the homeland today.”
During her interview, Harris also spoke about the Biden administration’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. When asked how much the White House was willing to compromise with Republicans, who oppose the plan and want to know how it will be paid for, Harris would not answer. She did say that the administration was “very serious” and “very sincere in our hope that we can reflect the bipartisanship of the American people” on such issues.
“We have been in many meetings in the Oval Office with Republicans and Democrats together, talking about all of these issues and inviting their feedback, inviting their ideas,” Harris said. “We’re very serious about that — and very sincere in our hope that we can reflect the bipartisan nature of the American people on these issues, and come together in a way that is about, again, investing in families, investing in job creation, investing in the competitiveness of our country, vis-à-vis the world.” On Wednesday night, Biden laid out the components of the infrastructure plan, which includes expanding broadband internet access and said, “I am asking the vice president to lead this effort.” Biden readdressed the topic and said that Harris was only “taking a lead on expanding broadband access,” not the entire plan.
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