U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (CA) is expected to be named as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee during a press conference on June 7th. Here is her speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Democrats say that Senator Kamala Harris of California will become the Democrats’ presidential nominee for 2020 following an extraordinary last few days that have encompassed a wide range of events – a gun control bill with her Connecticut counterpart, and a recent endorsement from the country’s first black Senator and her fellow 2020 candidate, Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Sen. Harris has been garnering attention for her progressive views that are generally more extreme than the Democratic Party’s general rhetoric. For instance, the newest heir to the Hillary Clinton mantle, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, only mentions marijuana four times in all of her speeches. Sen. Harris talks about it 13 times.
The California Senator has touted her strong ties to the Black community, given her strong opponent of the Goldwater rule and her stand against President Donald Trump’s behavior on many issues, including LGBTQ rights. In a speech in August of 2018, when the Democrats were running for re-election to their Senate seats, Sen. Harris spoke of the “culture of hate,” saying, “I cannot know whether Senator Trump is guilty or not of these actions. We do know that he has benefitted from — and certainly aided and abetted — the practice of racism, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia.”
Harris reiterated the point that Democrats should return to the “hard truths” they had to be “unequivocal about” during the 2016 election and the 2016 election campaign. She went on to say, “We need to say what we believe, we need to insist that this is how we want the world to be, we need to speak truth to power. And that is what this election will be about.”
Her embrace of outspoken and often controversial figures has made her less of a moderate than many would have expected from her progressive bent. San Francisco Mayor and former SF Supervisor Ed Lee famously warned of a “Trumpian mood among black and brown people.”
In her opening statement, Harris also referred to the presence of “darkness” and divisions of identity, saying, “We must reject the poisonous partisan politics that divide us, rather than present ourselves as one strong community.”
On stage, Harris expressed her hope that the DNC would be “a place where we are blessed to hear the stories of an America that is rich in character and pride.”
Harris was also introduced by her cousin, Tina Harris, who was booed when she sat in the audience. Tina Harris is a well-known activist for several causes, and was famously co-opted by the Bernie Sanders campaign as part of his organization and platform. Tina Harris is also a survivor of the Carolinas Hurricane that took place in 1978.
Reporters and several members of the press corps were a bit awkward to begin with about Tina Harris being at the event. Her presence, for example, prompted one member of the press corps to ask if any of Harris’s people had announced that she was a biracial person. Harris left it at Tina Harris, the door, and they let her stay.
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