Katie Halper, host of The Katie Halper Show Podcast and co-host of the Useful Idiots Podcast, said on Thursday that “economic issues are racial justice issues,” but contended that the focus on racial justice is “often on a symbolic level.”
“All these economic issues are racial justice issues as well, right? So I mean everything from Medicare For All, which disproportionately benefits Black people, people of color, Black seniors. Student debt, which is something that Black women deal with disproportionately,” Halper said during an appearance on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”
“The reason that the focus is on the racial justice element, which as you said, Robby, is a very important thing to focus on, but…it’s often on a symbolic level,” Halper added.
She then recalled a moment from the 2016 Democratic National Convention when then-candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE discussed COVID-19 disproportionately affecting African Americans, even though he said he would “basically veto Medicare For All if it came to his desk.”
Biden, when asked during an interview last year if he would veto Medicare For All if it landed on his desk, pointed to "delays" and "cost" while largely evading the question on if he would block the legislation.
“I remember the DNC talking about how COVID disproportionately affects African Americans, but this was also the convention for a president who said he would basically veto Medicare For All if it came to his desk. So the question is always, what are you doing? That's great that you're making these, you know, insightful, analytical comments about racial justice, but what are the policies? And economic issues are racial justice issues,” she added.