Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris

Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee Kamala Harris went on the offensive Thursday, ahead of the Republican National Convention’s final night.
The California senator and former prosecutor called Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump a choice between “the light and the dark.”
With protests raging after Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man who was recently shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., Harris excoriated Trump’s leadership.
“As Vice President Biden put it, the shots fired at Mr. Blake pierced the soul of our nation,” Harris said. “It’s sickening to watch. It’s all too familiar, and it must end.”
She added that the “reality is that the life of a Black person in America has never been treated as fully human, and we have yet to fulfill that promise of equal justice under law.”
Before Harris’ press conference, Biden told CNN that Trump’s responses to both the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and the coronavirus pandemic prove that the president is inept.
Biden added that he “absolutely” believed that Trump is hoping that peaceful protests across the country turn violent.
“It takes everybody’s eye off the ball,” Biden said. “Want to talk about safety, look at the biggest safety issue in the nation: COVID. … He has been incompetent in the way in which he has dealt with this.”
Biden said Trump has repeatedly lied to the American people, and that he is looking forward to the Sept. 29 presidential debate where the former vice president will “be a fact-checker on the floor while I’m debating him.”
Harris said during her news conference that the consequences of Trump’s failure to lead and combat the coronavirus has been catastrophic. “He still doesn’t have a plan,” Harris said of Trump.
“Here’s the thing — Donald Trump’s incompetence is nothing new. That has always been on full display. But in January of this year, it became deadly,” Harris added. “That’s when the threat of a virus that would endanger the world first emerged. Trump dismissed the threat, but Joe Biden sounded the alarm.”
Harris also took a moment to warn viewers of the RNC.
“The Republican convention is designed for one purpose: To soothe Donald Trump’s ego and make him feel good,” Harris said. “But here’s the thing: He’s the president of the United States, and it’s not supposed to be about him. It’s supposed to be about the health and the safety and the well-being of the American people.” Looking ahead to the November election, Harris said, “we have a choice between the light and the dark. I believe America will choose the light.”

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Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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