LOS ANGELES, CA – Democratic Senator and Vice Presidential contender Kamala Harris said she has been “out there marching” with Black Lives Matter protesters, and that she plans to take police reform to the national level if elected in November.
She delivered the one-two punch on Showtime’s late-night talk show “Desus & Mero” Sunday night.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 13, 2020
During the appearance, the hosts asked:
“When you get into office, what can we expect from you and Biden and are you going to be more progressive as far as what people are asking about the cops?”
Senator Harris responded “yes” and then elaborated on her plans to hold police “more accountable.” She said:
“So, first of all, in a criminal justice system, there’s this phrase accountability and consequence that almost always comes up when people are talking about the person arrested, but never about the system itself and the people who work in the system. Biden and I are committed to saying everybody needs to be held accountable, even when they wear a uniform and wear a badge and carry a gun.”
It is not a surprising statement for the politician who has previously said that she has been involved in the Black Lives Matter protests that have taken place across the country summer.
During Sunday’s interview, she said:
“I’ve been out there marching with folks, and speaking the name of not only Mr. Floyd, but Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud, Jacob Blake, I met with his family, as did Joe Biden. It’s got to stop. It has to stop.”
She and former Vice President Joe Biden have campaigned on the back of the civil unrest rocking the nation, and previously released a targeted advertising campaign just hours before visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin which has recently exploded with riots.
Early this month, the pair launched a commercial that opened with:
“Why, in this nation, do Black Americans wake up knowing they can lose their life in the course of just living their life?”
During the ad, Senator Harris said:
“Reforming policing in this country means creating a national standard on use of force and conditioning federal funds for police departments on adoption of that standard.”
She now appears to be doubling down on that promise now.
On “Desus & Mero” she said she would like to see a nationwide standard on use of force, including banning chokeholds. She claimed that police are currently not held accountable.
Senator Harris said:
“Part of the problem with why police officers who break the rules and break the law aren’t held accountable in a court is because when a case gets to court, the question is, was that use of force reasonable? The problem with that is that you can reason away just about anything. What we’re saying is that the question should be was that use of force necessary, right?”
She pointed to her past as attorney general of California, when she said she “initiated pattern and practice” investigations into law enforcement agencies accused of things like discrimination, misconduct and use of excessive force.
“That needs to happen at a national level, not only in terms of police departments, but I also say as a former prosecutor, of prosecutors’ offices. And, so, these are some of the things that we intend to put in place. But it’s also reform of the criminal justice system as a whole.”
The airing of her remarks came less than 48-hours after a vicious attack on two sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County. A still-wanted shooter ambushed the pair as they were sitting in their patrol car outside a Metro station Saturday night.
In reference to that crime, Senator Harris retweeted a post from former Vice President Biden, adding:
“Doug and I are keeping the two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in our hearts as they currently fight for their lives after a horrific attack last night. The perpetrator must be brought to justice.”
Doug and I are keeping the two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in our hearts as they currently fight for their lives after a horrific attack last night. The perpetrator must be brought to justice. https://t.co/ckuRllMtzv
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 13, 2020
LATROBE, PA – During a rally held by President Donald Trump on September 4th, the president addressed the crowd sharing some strong words when delivering his synopsis of how Joe Biden would run the country versus how he intends to continue doing.
President Trump noted that Biden would ignore law and order when it pertains to the violent rioters we’ve seen in the past few months, and even go so far as placating them in their destructive efforts:
“Biden’s plan is to appease the domestic terrorists. My plan is to arrest them.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 4, 2020
The president stated that Biden has been part and parcel in the gaslighting when framing what is going on during the protests and riots, noting how Biden has characterized them as being “peaceful protesters”:
“Joe Biden and his party spent the entire summer cheering on the rioters rampaging through Democrat-led cities, falsely labeling them as peaceful protesters.”
During the address, President Trump alleged that therein lies a sort of pact between the violent rioters in the streets and liberal politicians and affluent individuals due to an intersectional disdain toward the middle class:
“The globalists and the leftists make natural partners because they are united by their contempt for the American middle class. That’s why powerful corporations and far-left politicians have both sided with radical demonstrators.”
President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued campaigning against the violent radical left rioters in America’s major cities, describing them as “domestic terrorists.” https://t.co/EWFbpkAbQL
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 9, 2020
President Trump also delivered another strong point during the address, pointing out that those propping up Biden are among the miscreants in the streets while he’s actively getting endorsed by police organizations:
“Do what you want: vote for the candidate backed by violent left-wing rioters if you have to. Or, do what you want to vote for the candidate backed by the selfless heroes of law enforcement.”
Well, there were 45 school shootings in 2019 (when counting anyone – not just a student – being shot on school property). So, 99.9995 schools were safe from shooters. But that didn't stop people talking about school shootings being a problem.
— Greg Hoyt (@GregHoytLET) September 10, 2020
The president believes that Biden will never run a campaign that uses the phrase “law and order”, as he feels it would alienate the base that Biden is trying to appeal toward:
“He’ll never get to say that. Can’t say that, because then he’d lose the whole left. And let me tell you, the left is running that party. You don’t want to be dealing with the left. These people are stone cold crazy.”
As mentioned earlier, President Trump has received glowing support from law enforcement officials and organizations. That includes the New York Police Benevolent Association.
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On August 14th, President Donald Trump held a small rally of sorts within his Bedminster golf course in New Jersey while addressing the anti-cop sentiments being pushed by radicals among those left-of-center.
During said event, he also received an endorsement from none other than the City of New York Police Benevolent Association.
Trump gets endorsement of NYC police union https://t.co/rYyXxGqc1g
— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) August 15, 2020
This was President Trump’s second appearance in recent times at the Bedminster golf course, as he’d previously appeared at his golf course to address supporters and questions from the press on August 7th.
During the August 7th event, members of the press were trying to scold the president by insinuating he was setting a bad example since people among the crowd were initially not social distancing or some not wearing masks at the onset either.
When those questions were hurled by members of the press, President Trump stated:
“To me they pretty much look like they all have, pretty much all have masks on.”
Masks have now been handed out to visitors who are observing the president’s press conference. pic.twitter.com/dCFo5Z0744
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) August 7, 2020
Which while some photos showed the crowd unmasked, other photos showcased them adorning face coverings later.
Moving on to the August 14th event, President Trump addressed reportedly hundreds of members from the NYPD, informing them that “no one will be safe in Biden’s America,” if the Biden/Harris ticket succeeds in November.
President Trump continued, stating that if he is elected to a second term, them New York’s finest will regain the due respect for their service:
“This guy [Biden] has been taking your dignity away and your respect. And I’m telling you on November 3rd you’re going to be getting it back.”
After conveying that Biden and Harris won’t be able to maintain any semblance of law and order while in office, the City of New York Police Benevolent Association formally endorsed President Trump’s campaign for 2020.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2020
NYCPBA President Pat Lynch stated the following during the endorsement:
“I have 36 years in this job, 26 as the president of this fine organization. I cannot remember when we have ever endorsed for the office of the president of the United States – until now. That’s how important this is.
Mr. President, we’re fighting for our lives out there. We don’t want this to spread to the rest of the country, we need your strong voice across the country to say ‘we have the support of law enforcement across this country’.”
Lynch continued from there, telling President Trump that he “earned” the endorsement from the NYCPBA.
President Trump has been hammering down on the notion of restoring order in the country if elected for a second term, with him saying earlier in the week that police officers in New York can’t even do their job properly due to numerous restrictions and proverbial red-tape:
“In New York, you have New York’s finest, but they’ve totally taken away their incentive. They’ve taken away their lives, in a sense, because they don’t allow them to do their job.”
Come to think of it, you don’t really hear about any other police unions going to bat for Biden. That can certainly make one wonder.
Endorsing President Trump these days often provokes backlash – and institutions with power and influence have been caught trying to silence and punish those who dare show a glimpse of support toward our standing president.
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