Daily US Times: Kamala Harris, the US Democratic party’s vice-presidential candidate, assailed US President Donald Trump’s “failure of leadership”. She is the first US black running mate on a major-party ticket.
The California senator said the Republican leader “turns our tragedies into political weapons”.
Mr Biden and Ms Harris will challenge President Trump and his Vice-President Mike Pence in the election on 3 November.
What did Harris say?
Speaking live from a largely empty hotel ballroom in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden’s running mate attacked Trump, saying: “We’re at an inflection point. The constant chaos leaves us adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot.”
“And here’s the thing: We can do better and deserve so much more,” she added.
Focusing on the failures of Trump, Harris said: “We must elect a president who will bring something different, something better, and do the important work.”
She highlighted the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on people of colour and the racial justice protests that have convulsed the nation in recent months.
“There is no vaccine for racism. We’ve gotta do the work,” the Vice-President candidate said listing the names of unarmed black Americans who have been killed by police.
Ms Harris faced a bit of a challenge, having to directly follow Barack Obama, the party’s most beloved and rhetorically gifted politician.
What Ms Harris offered was a bit of an amalgam – one that sometimes connected and occasionally plodded. It was part biographical introduction, part sales pitch for Mr Biden and – most notably – part frontal attack on structural racism.
Although she’s been targeted by some on the left for her prosecutorial background, Ms Harris tried to turn that into a benefit for the upcoming election, speaking of how she always tries to fight for justice.
Her speech delivered with smiles and warmth, but it took place in a rather empty and haunting environment – a room constructed to replicate a party convention hall, but devoid of the cheering crowds.
It all had slightly post-apocalyptic feeling, which makes it seem that the emptiness of the current coronavirus pandemic hit nation is a feeling Democrats want to highlight – and lay at Mr Trump’s feet.
After getting nominated by Joe Biden as his running mate, President Trump called Harris a ‘nasty woman’ and said he heard she is not eligible to run for Vice-President because of her birth issue. Trump did the same to former president Barack Obama. But Mr Trump never able to provide any kind of prove to support his words.
Trump has been heavily criticized for his failure of handling the coronavirus situation in the country. His failure left him lag behind Biden in recent opinion polls.
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