The vice president commented on the ongoing race for the presidency days after Trump's overwhelming win in the Iowa Republican caucuses
Days after the former president secured the first Republican victory in the Iowa caucuses, Harris, 59, admitted on The View on Wednesday that she’s “scared as heck” at the idea of four more years under President Trump.
Joy Behar asked Harris: “Are you scared what would happen if Trump ever became, God forbid, president again? And what are you going to do to stop the crazies?”
She replied that her fear of Trump winning the election later this year “is why I’m traveling our country.”
“You know, there’s an old saying that there are only two ways to run for office: either without an opponent or scared. So on all of those points, yes, we should all be scared," she continued. "But as we know — and certainly this is a table of very powerful women — we don’t run away from something when we’re scared. We fight back against it.”
Harris added that the upcoming election “requires” her and President Joe Biden to “earn reelection.”
“There is no question. We gotta be on the road,” she said. “We have to earn the reelect.”
Her recent frenzy of cross-country travel — “in the last two weeks, I’ve been to Georgia, Nevada, I’ve been to North Carolina, I’ve been to South Carolina twice,” she told the hosts of the ABC talk show — is the result of her trying to do just that.
“We have to communicate what we have achieved. And that is going to be one of our big challenges,” she admitted. “We’ve done a lot of good work, we gotta let people know who brung it to them.”
She was asked to weigh in on Haley's recent claim that the United States is not and has "never been" a racist country, responding that Haley and other Republicans are ignoring “America’s full history.”
"The history of racism in America should never be the subject of a soundbite, or a question that is meant to elicit a one-sentence answer," Harris said before providing a lengthy rebuttal to Haley's remarks. "But there is no denying ... that racism has played a role in the history of our nation."
After recently facing backlash for failing to acknowledge that slavery caused the Civil War, Haley, 51, said during a Tuesday Fox & Friends interview: “I know I faced racism when I was growing up, but I can tell you that today is a lot better than it was then. Our goal is to lift up everybody, not go and divide people on race, or gender, or party, or anything else. We've had enough of that in America.”
Haley's campaign later clarified and defended her comments, attempting to draw a line between having racism and being racist.
“America has always had racism, but America has never been a racist country,” a campaign spokesperson told CNN. “The liberal media always fails to get that distinction. It can throw a fit, but that doesn’t change Nikki’s belief that America is special because its people are always striving to do better and live up to our founding ideals of freedom and equality.”
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Harris said on The View of Haley’s claims, "I think we all would agree that while it is part of our past and that we see vestiges of it today, we should also be committed collectively to not letting it define the future of our country. But we cannot get to a place of progress by denying the existence of racism."
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