Rebukes President Trump for refusing to acknowledge systemic racism.
Joining issue with President Donald Trump and his Attorney General, William Barr, Indian-American Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has asserted, “We do have two systems of justice” for Black and White Americans.
Trump and Barr are “spending full time in a different reality,” she said in an interview with CNN Sunday rebuking the two for denying there’s systemic racism in the US justice system.
Harris also suggested that Trump was not a “real leader” on racial justice and was trying to “pretend that he has been a leader” on the coronavirus pandemic.
“I don’t think that most reasonable people who are paying attention to the facts would dispute that there are racial disparities and a system that has engaged in racism in terms of how the laws have been enforced,” she said
“I’m very clear that we have got to in America re-imagine how we are accomplishing public safety,” Harris told CNN.
“If we want to create safe communities, one of the smartest ways we can do that is invest in the health of those communities, because healthy communities are safe communities,” said the daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother.
Trump, according to CNN refused to acknowledge systemic racism during his visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week, while Barr, dismissed the idea of “two justice systems” in a CNN interview.
CNN also cited a July ABC News/Washington Post poll, in which nearly nine in 10 Black Americans said they are not confident police treat Black and White Americans equally, while a majority of White Americans said they are confident they are treated equally.
Harris also attacked the Trump administration for “minimizing the seriousness” of the coronavirus outbreak and failing to do enough for millions of American struggling to make ends meet.
“There is no question that Donald Trump has been an abject failure and incompetent when it comes to addressing the severe job loss that has happened as a result of the pandemic, because he has failed to address the pandemic itself,” she said.
Harris said she would not trust Trump’s word alone on the safety and efficacy of a coronavirus vaccine.
The Indian American senator also suggested in response to a question that Russian interference in the US presidential election in 2020 could “theoretically” cost Democrats the White House in November.
“Theoretically, of course. Yes,” she said. “I do believe that there will be foreign interference in the 2020 election, and that Russia will be at the front of the line.”