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Vice President Kamala Harris and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down to interviews with NBC and CNN Sunday and discussed the importance of fighting “extremism” and “attacks from within”.
NBC’s Chuck Todd interviewed the vice president in Houston, Texas, and asked Harris if the threat America faced after the events of September 11, 2001, equaled or exceeded the “threats” the president was talking about. Biden coming “from within”. She said foreign and domestic threats were very different but “each is dangerous.”
“When I think about what we’ve seen in terms of attacks from within, I wish we approached it in the same way through a partisan lens,” Harris told Todd. “I think it’s a threat, and I think it’s very dangerous, and that weakens us.”
“The rest of the world — like any role model — is watching what we do to see if it matches what we say,” Harris continued. “So we’re looking at the fact that there are currently 11 people running for Secretary of State — the guardians of the integrity of the electoral system in their state — who are Holocaust deniers.”
She said “election deniers” and those who refuse to condemn Jan. 6 send a signal to other countries and make people wonder whether or not America is living up to its values.
Biden has stepped up his anti-“Republican MAGA” language in several recent speeches. He argued that democracy is “under attack” during a campaign-style speech in Philadelphia.
Harris also defended Biden’s recent “semi-fascism” comments. She said the president had spent his entire career “working across the aisle.”
“But there are times when we also have to agree — all good people who care about our country — that there are those who, right now, are not standing up for our democracy,” the vice president said. “And I think we want our Commander-in-Chief, the President of the United States, to stand up and sound the alarm about what that means for our strength and our future, let alone our integrity.”
Harris did not respond to the NBC host’s questions about whether Democrats encouraging Republicans they deemed ineligible or too extreme in the primary election contradicted the administration’s message. She described the Supreme Court as a “militant court” due to their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
CNN’s Dana Bash posed a similar question to Clinton and asked if there were still lessons to be learned from 9/11.
“I think we were also reminded how important it is to try to counter extremism of any kind, especially when it uses violence to try to achieve political and ideological goals,” he said. replied Clinton. “So I’m one of those who think there are still lessons to be learned from what happened to us on 9/11 that we should be very aware of during this time in our country and in the history of the world.”
Clinton also said she hopes Americans and elected officials will rally around Biden the same way many rallied around former President George W. Bush after 9/11.
“Well, I hope it does, and I give a lot of credit to President Biden for trying to keep reaching out to people while sounding the alarm about the threats to our democracy,” he said. said Clinton.
The former first lady recalled an interaction she had with Bush after the September 11 attacks. She told Bush she needed $20 billion to help rebuild New York, and she told Bash that Bush never “faltered” on his promise.
“And now I want people to rally behind President Biden, who is doing an incredible job of trying to rebuild our manufacturing sector, trying to deal with climate change, expanding health care, all the other things, including trying to do something about gun violence that the vast majority of Americans approve of,” Clinton continued.
“So we’re in a funny position, Dana, because there’s a small, but very vocal, very powerful, very determined minority who want to impose their views on all of us,” she said. in bash. “And it’s time for everyone, regardless of party, to say, ‘No, that’s not who we are as America. “”
The former secretary of state was also later asked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.’s interview with GQ. Ocasio-Cortez told GQ that she had a hard time believing she would become president because so many people in this country “hate women”.
Bash said Clinton approached anyone and asked their opinion.
“Well, I think it’s sad that we have so many people who seem to resent or oppose women in the public arena, whether it’s politics in government or the media or whatever. That’s something that we need to continue to advocate and speak out against,” Clinton said. “And I think a woman will become our president at some point. I certainly understand all the hurdles you have to overcome to get there. But I continue to tell young women and girls that if they feel motivated to pursue political office, they should do so with their eyes wide open to the challenge. And, unfortunately, social media, with all its misogyny, has made it harder. But we cannot be silenced or give up on our own dreams. We must continue to pursue them and encourage others to do the same.”
“My experience here has given me a front row seat to see how deeply and subconsciously, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women. And they hate women of color. People ask me questions about the future. And realistically, I can’t even tell you if I’ll be alive in September. And that weighs on me very heavily,” Ocasio-Cortez told GQ when asked about a possible candidacy for the presidency.