Harris: 'Deeply' concerned by Biden segregationist comments

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) reportedly said she is “deeply” concerned by comments former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, her competitor in the 2020 primary, made regarding working with segregationist senators. 

“Yes, it concerns me deeply. If those men had their way, I wouldn’t be in the United States Senate and on this elevator right now,” Harris said Wednesday, according to tweets from several reporters.

Biden came under fire after he cited his working relationships with two segregationist senators in the 1970s as an example of a bygone era of “civility” in the Senate.


Biden said he didn’t “agree on much” with former Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.) but that they “got things done.”

Eastland blocked more than 100 civil rights-related bills during his time as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.

Biden, who is making his third attempt for the White House in 2020, faces a crowded field of younger, more diverse candidates and many who are to his left.

His comments were also condemned by Democratic primary challengers New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (Mass.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (N.J.) and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE (Md.)

Biden sits at the top of the field in most polls, but his support has dipped since he launched a few months ago.

The Hill has reached out to Harris’s office for comment. 

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