MSNBC's Matthews to Harris: How do you not have 'hatred for all white people?'

MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Thursday asked Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE (D-Calif.) how she does not “have hatred towards white people generally" during the senator's first post-debate interview in Miami.

The question came after Harris confronted front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE during the debate, hitting the former vice president for his civil rights record while broaching remarks he made regarding his past work early on his career with segregationist Sens. John Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.).


“I have a great deal of respect for Joe Biden,” Harris told Matthews. “I do not believe he’s a racist, but his perspective on those senators was something that was hurtful and it had consequences.”

“How did you come out of that and not have hatred towards white people generally?” Matthews asked.

“Most Americans do not conduct themselves that way, and most parents don’t conduct themselves that way,” the senator responded. “So there was no need to create a broad application because of that one experience, but we cannot deny that there are many children, black children in America who have had that experience.”

According to Twitter data provided to The Hill, the Harris-Biden exchange emerged as the most tweeted #DemDebate moment of Thursday night.

Biden and Harris were also the most tweeted about Democratic candidates, also according to Twitter data, followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to Clinton: 'This is not the kind of rhetoric that we need' Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Human Rights Campaign president rips Sanders's embrace of Rogan endorsement MORE (I-Vt.).