Vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris sat down for an interview with ABC News Friday and was quick to slam President Trump’s inability to say “Black Lives Matter.”
“Listen, when Joe and I talk about … the state of America, he has a deep sense of awareness and knowledge about racial disparities, inequities and systematic racism,” Harris said in response to a question about Biden’s ‘you ain’t Black’ comments that went viral earlier this summer. “Joe speaks the words and actually knows how to say the words ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Contrary to what … the current president of the United States does, which is to sow hate and division full-time and has never spoken those words and will never speak the words ‘Black Lives Matter.’”
In recent months, Harris has marched with protesters in support of Black Lives Matter and those who want justice for Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Harris said Taylor’s death is a sign that Black women are underappreciated.
“It is a travesty what happened to Breonna Taylor and we need to speak her name and we need to demand justice for her.” Harris told Essence. “So I will continue to speak the name of Breonna Taylor and fight for the right for justice in her memory, justice for her mother and justice for that community.”
Harris also said in the interview that her and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are aligned on bringing justice to Black communities, insisting Biden understands the inequities that persist for African Americans and will be a president who “does something about it.”
Harris also added the Biden-Harris ticket also plans to deal with the staggering rates of low homeownership in the Black community and invest in Black entrepreneurship and education.
Biden, who was also in the interview, gave credit to Black voters for pushing him to being the Democratic nominee and Harris said his policies reflect a man who understands that Black lives matter.
“He has been outspoken on those issues and continues to talk about disparities,” Harris asserted. “And I know where his heart is. I know where his heart is.”
When New York Mayor Bill de Blasio commissioned a Black Lives Matter mural outside of Trump Towers, the president called the mural “A symbol of hate.”