Harris on Biden: 'Anyone who is a leader' cannot be 'ignorant' on race

Harris on Biden: 'Anyone who is a leader' cannot be 'ignorant' on race
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday expanded on her criticism of fellow 2020 White House hopeful Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' MORE’s remarks reminiscing about his working relationship with segregationist former colleagues.

“We cannot be ignorant of the history of race in this country and certainly anyone who is a leader should not be,” Harris said on CBS's "Face the Nation," referring to the former vice president noting that former Sen. James O. Eastland (D-Miss.) had called him “son” rather than “boy.”

 

 

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Harris made clear that she did not take issue with Biden discussing compromise with figures like Eastland and Sen. Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.)

“I applaud any effort to work across party lines around common goals and common interests,” Harris said. “Praising and coddling individuals who made it their life’s work and built their reputations off of segregation of the races, that’s a problem.”

“I would not be member of the United States Senate if those men he praised had their way,” she added.

Biden’s comments at a fundraiser last week prompted harsh criticism from several of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates in a primary whose fire has thus far been aimed at President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE. Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Cory Booker talks about 'geeking out' over Rosario Dawson's Marvel role Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act MORE (I-Vt.) have also called for Biden to apologize.

“At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished,” Biden said of Eastland and Talmadge at the fundraiser.

Biden told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton on Saturday in South Carolina that he understands "the consequence of the word 'boy.'" 

"But it wasn't said in any of that context at all," he added.