Colbert Presses Harris On Her Attacks On Biden During Debates

Written by Martin Walsh

OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion

Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris has a lot in her past that many would agree is troublesome.

With the election roughly 50 days away, it’s important to remind everyone that Harris tore into Democratic nominee Joe Biden during the primary debates.

During an interview last month with late-night host Stephen Colbert, Harris insinuated that her attacks on Biden during the debates were not sincere.

“How do you go from being such a passionate opponent on such bedrock principles for you and now you guys seem to be pals?” the host said.

Harris laughed uncomfortably and continued to say “It was a debate,” but Colbert pressed on.

“I’ve known Joe a long time and I care about him deeply,” the Democrat said. “And as you know we all have family members or friends with whom we have disagreements. That doesn’t overcome or overshadow the commonality between us and the connections between us.”


But here is the thing, the attacks Harris made were on deep issues of things that Biden did in a career that spans more than four decades.

That does not disappear overnight unless Harris was lying about her concerns in order to defeat Biden for the nomination.

It is either that her concerns were never sincere, or she still has those concerns. Otherwise, she lied either in the debate or now. Deeply held concerns do not disappear in months.

In her most famous moment from the debates, Harris attacked Biden for his opposition to school busing integration, creating her famous “that little girl was me” line.

“I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground, but I also believe and it’s personal and it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senator who is built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country,” she said.

“It was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day. That little girl was me,” she said.

Biden refuted her claim, saying that he was not an opponent of bussing.

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“I did not oppose busing in America. What I opposed is busing ordered by the Department of Education. That’s what I opposed,” Biden said.

But, in typical Biden fashion, he was lying. The New York Times, which is considered a liberal publication, even fact-checked him as making a false statement.

“Mr. Biden was a leading opponent of busing in the Senate during the 1970s and 1980s, and his opposition went beyond the federal government’s role,” it said.

“He supported several amendments and bills barring the Justice Department from seeking busing as a tool of desegregation, limiting federal funding for busing and allowing the federal government to participate in litigation to remove court-ordered busing,” it said.