Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden named California senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate despite Harris’ heavy criticism of Biden during the Democratic primary season, Fox News reported. Harris was herself a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president.
Biden’s performance in the Democratic debates was unsteady at best. He was the early front-runner and was the target of most of his competitor’s attacks as they tried to cut down his support among Democratic primary voters. Harris was particularly aggressive in going after Biden on a number of issues.
During the Democratic primary debates, Harris was vocal in calling out Biden for working with segregationist senators early in his political career. “You worked with them to oppose busing,” the California senator said during a testy moment at one of the debates. Harris asked Biden directly, “Do you agree today that you were wrong to oppose busing in America?”
She talked about the experience of a child during the integration of schools in California. Harris said, “There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day.” She then identified the child. “That little girl was me,” she said, personalizing the issue.
Harris attacked Biden’s proposals on health care during the debates, too, according to Rolling Stone. She claimed that Biden’s plan, “leaves out almost 10 million Americans,” a claim that Rolling Stone said was correct.
In April 2019 when Biden was accused by several women of inappropriate touching, kissing, and violation of their personal space, Senator Harris said she believed the women. “I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” she said at the time. In March of this year Tara Reade, a former Biden aide from his time as a United States senator, accused the former VP of sexually assaulting her. Harris said that Reade, “has a right to tell her story,” and that “women must be able to speak without fear of retaliation.”
Biden’s VP choice was met with some harsh criticism from the left. Briahna Joy Gray, former national press secretary of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted, “We are in the midst of the largest protest movement in American history, the subject of which is excessive policing, and the Democratic Party chose a “top cop” and the author of the Joe Biden crime bill to save us from Trump. The contempt for the base is, wow.”
A number of leftist journalists were equally unimpressed by the selection of Harris. “Kamala’s presidential campaign was a total humiliating disaster. One of the worst of all time, considering the amount of unearned hype she received. Did everybody miss that, or what?” tweeted Michael Tracey. Jordan Charlton wrote in a tweet, “Well, there you have it. @JoeBiden gives the middle finger to progressives, #BlackLivesMatter protesters, and black voters under the age of 50.”
During presidential elections, the two major parties always profess their unity behind their chosen candidate. The Democratic party went through a contentious primary season on the way to choosing a nominee. Unity is once again professed, but the divisions between Biden and Harris are sure to be highlighted by Republicans during the general election.