First Lady Jill Biden defended her husband and shamed Vice President Kamala Harris, during a phone call with supporters following a heated presidential debate, according to a new book.
Journalist Edward-Isaac Dovere released details of the call in his book Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump. During a debate in June of 2019, Harris called out now President Joe Biden for his record on race and public busing during his time as a senator.
“It was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and careers on the segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. And, you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bussed to school every day. And that little girl was me.”
In the 2019 debate, Harris did not directly call Biden racist, despite referring to his “racist” record. She said, “I do not believe you are a racist, and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground.”
According to people on the call, Ms. Biden said, “With what he cares about, what he fights for, what he’s committed to, you get up there and call him a racist without basis? Go f— yourself.”
Now, as VP to President Biden, Harris has been asked about her previous opinion of Biden. During an interview with Stephen Colbert, she laughed and said, “It was a debate. It was a debate. Literally it was a debate. It was called a debate.”