Saturday, January 16

Kamala Harris on Trump’s call: “Shameless abuse of power”


(CNN) — The vice president-elect of the United States, Kamala Harris, criticized President Donald Trump and his call to pressure Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” votes to overturn the election results, calling it an “abuse of brazen and daring power ».

On Sunday in Savannah, Georgia, Harris took the stage at a motorized rally to campaign for Democratic candidates in the second round of the Senate and spoke to the crowd about the surprising call. Trump attacked Raffensperger for refusing to falsely declare him the winner of the elections in the state.

“Have you heard of that recorded conversation?” Harris asked as the audience honked their car horns. “Well, it was, yes, indeed, the voice of despair, certainly that, and it was a blatant and daring abuse of power by the President of the United States.”

Reactions to Trump’s call

Kamala Harris’s comments were the first on-camera reaction by the incoming administration to the explosive call obtained by CNN and first reported by The Washington Post on Sunday afternoon.

Earlier, Bob Bauer, a senior adviser to President-elect Joe Biden, said in a statement that the call “completely captures the shameful story about Donald Trump’s attack on American democracy.”

Possible effects of Trump’s attempt to reverse the election 2:10

The vice president-elect recalled the failed attempts by Trump and other Republicans to reverse the election on false accusations of widespread voter fraud, a charge that has been found to have no credible evidence.

And then look at the more recent story, which is that after they elected, they turned Georgia blue, they elected Joe Biden as president of the United States, they elected the first black woman in the history of our country to be vice president of the United States. United, and have the gall to suggest that you did not know what you were doing, that you must have done it in an illegitimate way, “he said.

Harris also criticized Trump for calling the upcoming January 5 Senate runoff election “illegal and invalid,” and that he was “suggesting that the people of Georgia are trying to commit a crime.”

Kamala Harris talks about the absence of black women in the Senate

These strong comments came after Harris spoke about the importance of the Senate during an event on Instagram Live with artist Janelle Monáe. There she defiantly declared that she would be sworn in, in just under three weeks, as vice president regardless of attempts at obstruction or procrastination.

“And when I take the oath on January 20, that I will do it whether Donald Trump likes it or not, the sad and bittersweet thing about that is that there will beblackerlack women in the US Senate,” Harris said.

It is also the first time that Kamala Harris has spoken about the absence of black women in the Senate after she resigns, since California Secretary of State Alex Padilla was announced as her successor by the state’s Governor, Gavin Newsom. The governor elected the first Latino in the history of the state to the position.

Speaking before Harris, Senate candidate Scoffsoff said Trump was actively trying to “disenfranchise black voters” in the state.

“This is a direct attack on our democracy. And if David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler had a piece of steel in their spine, a shred of integrity, they would be here defending Georgia voters from that kind of attack, “sScoffsoff.

Both Harris and Biden, who will return to Atlanta on Monday, are making one last push in Georgia in the hopes that the Democratic Party will gain control of the Senate and begin their administration with a unified government.

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