In her first interview since Joe Biden’s first joint speech to Congress, Kamala Harris said she agreed that America is not a racist country, as Senator Tim Scott stated in the Republican rebuttal to the speech.
However, the vice president made an important warning to the statement, saying the truth must also be told about the history of racism in the country and racism today.
In his remarks following the president’s speech to Congress Wednesday night, Mr. Scott, the only black Republican senator, stated that “America is not a racist country,” and denounced what he referred to as a struggle. to “discrimination with different types of discrimination”. “.
He also accused the Democrats of trying to “use our painful past to dishonestly close debates in the present”.
Appearing on ABC Good morning America, host George Stephanopoulos asked Ms Harris if she agreed with the statement.
Ms Harris, the first black and South Asian vice president, replied: “First of all, no, I don’t think America is a racist country, but we also need to tell the truth about the history of racism in this country. and about its existence. today. “
“I congratulate the president for always having the ability and the courage frankly to tell the truth about it,” he added.
“I speak [about] what we know from the intelligence community, one of the greatest threats to our national security is internal terrorism, manifested by white supremacists. “
Ms Harris continued: “These are issues that we must address and it does not help to heal our country and unify us as a people ignoring the reality.”
The vice president said Biden “was exceptional and a true national leader” in saying that the country should “face reality and face it, knowing that we all have much more in common than what separates us.”
He added that the idea is to unify the country, “but not without telling the truth and demanding responsibility as appropriate”.
In his rebuttal to the president’s speech, Senator Scott described the discrimination he experienced as a black man.
“I know firsthand that our healing isn’t over,” he said in his remarks. “Listen to me clearly: America is not a racist country.”
The senator’s rebuttal criticized Mr. Biden for what he claims was the failure to deliver on his promise to “lower the temperature” and “rule for all Americans” when he took office. The administration has centered racial fairness in federal agencies to address longstanding systemic injustices and nationwide systemic racism.
Mr. Scott said that “race is not a political weapon to resolve any issue as one side wants” and argued that Democrats have tried to address injustice for political reasons.
After the police killing of George Floyd in 2020, the senator drafted a law to revise the police, which was languishing in the Senate.
Mr. Scott is now spearheading the GOP’s efforts to work on a bipartisan police reform bill, among the few areas of compromise between the parties, following the Democrats’ passage in the House of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.