Harris Calls Trump’s Refusal To Condemn White Supremacy ‘Dog Whistling Through A Bullhorn’

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on August 27, 2020. (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
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Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris late Tuesday condemned President Donald Trump’s refusal to disavow white supremacy during the first of three presidential debates, saying that Trump’s comments on race laid bare his courtship and signaling to white supremacists groups.

“The President of the United States, in the year of our lord 2020, refuses to condemn white supremacists,” Harris told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a post-debate interview. “This is a president, you know, people talk about dog whistling. Dog whistling through a bullhorn is what he is doing.”

Harris’ comments come after President Trump’s apparent refusal to condemn white supremacy instead telling the far-right hate group known as the Proud Boys to “stand by” while claiming that “almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing.”

The President on Tuesday also declined to say that systemic racism exists and remains an issue in the United States. Trump instead sidestepped the issue by addressing a move by his administration to bring an end to racial sensitivity training in the federal government, saying, “I ended it because it’s racist.”

“If you were a certain person, you had no status in life — it was sort of a reversal,” he added.

“Donald Trump is not pretending to be anything other than what he is — someone who will not condemn white supremacists, someone who cannot say the phrase ‘Black lives matter’, someone who is getting rid of training of federal employees around the issue of race,” Harris said in a separate interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams late Tuesday.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee further condemned President Trump for what she called attempts to “distract” from his failures in leadership.

“Donald Trump on almost every issue that was discussed tonight has had no plan,” Harris said.

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  1. Harris was very good in the post-debate commentary. She immediately went to work to highlight the key issue of Trump’s overt racism which has become one of the key takeaways from the debate. Her commentary helped to inform the news cycle.

    During the VP debate, I expect Pence will be doing all he can to buff up Trump’s image, sell him to conservative leaning audiences the way he did 4 years ago post Access Hollywood and in the last 3 weeks when he told wayward Republicans it was time to ‘come home’. That’s something that Pence does well. I don’t think Pence will spend a lot of time attacking Harris, other than to call her a lefty (ooh, I’m so scared).

    What Harris will have to do is to remind the audience that the image Pence paints of Trump isn’t reality. We all know who Trump is. What you saw in the last 4 years and the callousness displayed in that first debate is who Trump is. Pence has done nothing but bow down to Trump and enabled him. It would be a nice opportunity for Harris to extend the general condemnation of Trump to the entire network of GOP enablers from Pence to Mitch to every Senate GOPer running for re-election.

  2. More like a foghorn than a bullhorn, but yeah.

  3. Mike Pence is curled in a fetal position sobbing in Mother’s arms at the thought of standing on a debate stage with That Woman.

  4. Harris just needs to keep reminding people that QTip has never been anything but an enabler. Remind them of his passively sitting and doing nothing while Orange Nero fiddles…er, golfs.

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