‘Sleepy’ Joe Biden somewhat cornered himself when he said he would pick a woman of color to be his running mate. He chose Kamala Harris who is descended from Jamaican/Indian heritage.
When Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate, many were stunned. After all, Harris went after Biden on quite a few issues, most notably about how he worked with segregations and opposing busing students to integrate schools across the country.
“I do not believe you’re a racist. And I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground, but I also believe – and it’s personal. It was actually very hurtful – to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country,” she explained. “And it was not only that but you also worked with them to oppose busing.”
The senator went on to ask whether or not it was wrong for Biden to oppose busing. According to the former vice president, he was against the federal government, through the Department of Education, mandating that busing take place.
“Well, there’s a failure of states to integrate public schools in America. I was part of the second class to integrate Berkley, California public schools, almost two decades after Brown v. Board of Education,” she hit back.
Biden said it was because of Harris’ city council that the busing decision was made.
“So that’s where the federal government must step up and in. That’s why we have the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act! That’s why we need to pass the Equality Act!” Harris shouted. “That’s why we need to pass the ERA, because there are moments in history when states fail to preserve civil rights of all people.”
Stephen Colbert asked Harris about that. And her explanation was bizarre.
Kamala Harris basically accused Joe Biden of being a racist during the debates and her only defense is “it was a debate”.
So did you never think he was racist and knowingly falsely accused him of being one or are you now just ok with being on a ticket with a racist? pic.twitter.com/0axLvxtf9Z
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 15, 2020
“In those debates you landed haymakers on Joe Biden. I mean, his teeth were like Chiclets all over the stage and now, I believe you that you’re fully supportive of him. How does that transition happen?” Colbert asked. “How do you go from being such a passionate opponent on such bedrock principles for you, and now you guys seem to be pals?”
Throughout the course of the question, Harris looked stunned.
“It was a debate,” she replied, laughing.
“Not everybody landed punches like you did though,” he said.
“It was a debate!” she said again, laughing.
“So you don’t mean it?” he asked.
“It was a debate!” she said again, still laughing. “That was the whole reason – literally, it was a debate. It was called a debate. Everyone traveled to the debate. There were journalists there covering the debate, where there would be a debate.”
Hmmm. “it was a debate!” isn’t an answer.