Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday said that she does not view the United States as a racist country but stressed that the issue must be confronted and treated as domestic terrorism.
“Senator Tim Scott [R-SC] said last night that America is not a racist country. Do you agree with that, and what do you make of his warning against fighting discrimination with more discrimination?” Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos asked.
“I believe that we need to come up, well first of all, no I don’t think America is a racist country,” Harris said. “But we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country, and its existence today.”
Harris commended President Joe Biden for “always having the ability and the courage, frankly, to speak the truth” about the plague of white supremacy.
“He spoke what we know from the intelligence community, one of the greatest threats to our national security is domestic terrorism manifested by white supremacists,” the vice president said, echoing Biden’s remarks during an address to Congress on Wednesday night. “And so these are issues that we must confront, and it does not help to heal our country, to unify us as a people, to ignore the realities of that. And I think the president has been outstanding, and a real national leader on the issue of saying let’s confront the realities, and let’s deal with it, knowing we all have so much more in common than what separates us, and the idea is that we want to unify the country, but not without speaking truth and requiring accountability as appropriate.”
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