Election deniers and the U.S. politicians supporting them are weakening the nation’s repute as a world chief in democracy and creating “very harmful” threats to the nation, Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned in an interview that aired Sunday.
“I believe it’s a menace. And I believe it is extremely harmful, and I believe it is extremely dangerous. And it makes us weaker,” she informed NBC’s Chuck Todd of home assaults, which have included the Jan. 6 rebel on the U.S. Capitol and associated nationwide efforts to hinder the legitimacy of the 2020 election.
“I believe that we’ve got to confess that there are assaults from inside … and we have to take it critically. And we have to get up collectively, all of us, and consider this not by a partisan lens however as Americas,” she mentioned.
Harris positively referenced her time as a senator engaged on the Senate Intelligence Committee for instance of politicians working collectively “on widespread grounds, with a typical function” and with out political bias. These conferences had been held behind closed doorways and with out cameras, she famous.
“Individuals would take off their jackets, they’d roll up their sleeves, and so they had been Individuals first, targeted on the threats to our nationwide safety, on widespread grounds, with a typical function, which is to defend our nation in opposition to assault,” she mentioned. “After I take into consideration what we’ve got been seeing by way of the assaults from inside, I want that we’d method it the identical method – as Individuals, as a substitute of by some partisan lens.”
She referred to as out politicians right now who she mentioned fail to uphold the rule of legislation and different democratic ideas by constantly denying the end result of the 2020 election. She famous the 11 election deniers who’re presently working to supervise future elections of their house states.
Along with sowing inner chaos, these people harm the nation’s potential to be considered and trusted on the international stage “as a defender and an instance of an incredible democracy,” she mentioned.
“I believe what it sends is a sign that causes individuals to query, ‘Hey, is America nonetheless valuing what they discuss?’ ― which is the integrity of democracies, which suggests defending a rule of legislation and the sanctity of those methods and talking up when they’re attacked,” she mentioned.