Holocaust deniers harm US reputation on world stage, Harris says
Attacks on democracy are “very dangerous, and I think it’s very harmful. And that makes us weaker,” Harris said.
She recalled her time on the Senate Intelligence Committee and said her colleagues on the committee focused on national security threats in a nonpartisan way.
Threats to democracy from within the country should be approached the same way — “as Americans, rather than through a partisan lens,” Harris said. But when asked whether domestic threats now rival the danger of foreign terrorist threats, Harris said the two cannot be compared.
“Each is dangerous and extremely harmful, but they are different,” Harris said.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) reflected on those threats Sunday in the context of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Election denial and insurgent activity are disturbing, and there should be a “unity of spirit” against such ideas similar to national unity after the 2001 attacks, he said on ‘Face the Nation from CBS.
“What amazes me is that here we are, 20 years later, and the attack on the symbol of our democracy did not come from terrorists, but from insurgents who literally attacked the Capitol on January 6 “Warner said.
In his NBC interview, Harris also raised the possibility of former President Donald Trump being sued, as Trump faces myriad legal issues.
“People are going to demand justice,” Harris said.
The vice president declined to directly answer a question from Todd about Democratic interference in the Republican primaries this year. National Democratic activists have been criticized for funding hard-line Republican candidates in the primary elections to boost their own chances in the general election.
“I’m not going to tell people how to campaign, Chuck,” Harris told Todd.
The interview also covered the administration’s stance on the filibuster, the congressional mechanism that requires a supermajority to pass many types of legislation.
Harris said while the Biden administration supports ending the filibuster on abortion and voting rights, she is not comfortable getting rid of it for good.
“It is very likely” that he will be kept in place on issues other than abortion and the right to vote, she said.
Harris declined to say whether she would support a bill by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) that would codify abortion rights, saying she ‘would have to read it and see’ .
Harris’ appearance on “Meet the Press” came at the start of the fall campaign slump leading up to November’s midterm elections. Republicans were expected to capture the House and most likely the Senate, but Democrats have gained momentum recently, reflecting recent legislative and political victories by Democrats in Congress and in President Joe Biden’s administration.