With pressure mounting on former Vice President Joe Biden to select a woman of color as his running mate, should he be the Democratic Party nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris came out Sunday and endorsed Biden.
A decision that drew plenty of scorn online.
“[Joe Biden] has served our country with dignity and we need him now more than ever,” Harris said in a tweet. “I will do everything in my power to help elect him the next President of the United States.”
.@JoeBiden has served our country with dignity and we need him now more than ever. I will do everything in my power to help elect him the next President of the United States. pic.twitter.com/DbB2fGWpaa
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 8, 2020
Harris left a video message endorsing the former vice president, noting that she was in Alabama to mark the 55th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, as civil rights activists crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
On that note, civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson let it be known he has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president — both men are 78, but the years have been kinder to Sanders, it would seem.
“A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path,” Jackson said in a release. “The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Sen. Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path. That’s why I choose to endorse him today.”
That Jackson used the phrase “far behind” is an accurate assessment of how he views black America, while others may beg to differ.
Interestingly, Jackson said that Biden’s campaign had not reached out or asked for his endorsement, according to The Hill. Biden has widespread support in the black community.
When confronted with Harris backing his opponent during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Sanders touted Jackson’s endorsement.
JUST IN: Sen. Bernie Sanders tells @GStephanopoulos that civil rights activist Jesse Jackson will endorse him later today.
“We have the support of virtually every major grassroots organization.” https://t.co/X1LhrSyd0J pic.twitter.com/ABbajFTKab
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) March 8, 2020
For what it’s worth, anchor George Stephanopoulos opted to hold Harris up as an example of “going beyond the establishment” in the support for Biden.
“We have the support of virtually every major grassroots organization,” Sanders countered. “It’s no secret, George, you know politics in this country, we’re not going to get the most support of elected leaders, not most governors, not most senators. But we are winning the support of grassroots America because we have an agenda that speaks to working people.”
The endorsement of Biden by Harris was made all the more perplexing when looking back at the first Democratic debate, when the Democratic senator launched a pointed attack on the man she now backs for criticizing mandatory federal school busing in the 1970s and for working with “segregationist senators.”
“[Joe] is a man who has lived his life with great dignity. He is a public servant who has always worked for the best of who we are as a nation.”
So… what was this? pic.twitter.com/EWaPCaH6HT
— Simon Narode ? (@SimonNarode) March 8, 2020
Here’s a sampling of other responses to Harris siding with Biden from Twitter:
Whatever happened to “I was that little girl”? I believed in you, but you just sold out.
— Selina Provias (@theSelinaMC) March 8, 2020
Such an opportunist. Hoping for the VP spot. Biden needs a Governor as VP , not an unaccomplished lawyer
— Sohali (@sohali2012) March 8, 2020
— ?Selena Adera? (@Selena_Adera) March 8, 2020
This video looks like you’ve been captured & forced to record this endorsement.
Not a good look!
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) March 8, 2020
I guess that busing story about being personally traumatized by Joe Biden was all just political theatre wasn’t it
— Berntrooper?? (@BadAim2048) March 8, 2020
— Fohtohgirl? (@fohtohgirl) March 8, 2020
Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/ttJqbufmuH
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) March 8, 2020
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