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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Harris to condemn Trump’s ‘constant chaos’ in VP acceptance speech


Sen. Kamala Harris plans to condemn the “constant chaos” of the Trump White House when she accepts the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nomination on Wednesday.

“We’re at an inflection point,” the California senator and former presidential candidate will say, according to excerpts of her remarks as prepared for delivery on the third night of the Democratic National Convention.

“The constant chaos leaves us adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot. And here’s the thing: We can do better and deserve so much more.”

Harris’ address also appears aimed at introducing herself, a former San Francisco district attorney and California state attorney general, to a national audience.

As she formally becomes the first Black woman and first Asian American to join a major party presidential ticket, Harris will invoke her late immigrant mother, Shyamala, the daughter of an Indian diplomat who worked as a cancer researcher.

“[I am] committed to the values she taught me, to the word that teaches me to walk by faith, and not by sight, and to a vision passed on through generations of Americans — one that Joe Biden shares,” Harris will say.

“A vision of our nation as a beloved community — where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love.”

In addition to their biographical components, the excerpts of Harris’ remarks indicate a willingness to take on a role often assigned to presidential running mates: that of attack dog.

Harris will accuse President Donald Trump of turning Americans’ “tragedies into political weapons,” while predicting that Biden, the newly minted Democratic nominee, “will be a president who turns our challenges into purpose.”

Harris’ speech on Wednesday will mark one of the most important moments of her vice presidential candidacy, ahead of her televised debate with Vice President Mike Pence scheduled for October.

She is set to speak at the conclusion of the convention’s Wednesday programming, following remarks by prominent female Democratic leaders, including former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Former President Barack Obama will also deliver a highly anticipated address in which he will argue that Trump views the presidency as no more than a “reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”



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