Kamala Harris tears into ‘so-called leaders’ as she stabs Ron DeSantis during a speech in Florida
Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a fiery speech to an Alpha Kappa Alpha conference in Orlando. Harris joined the sorority as a student at Howard University
Vice President Kamala Harris aimed at “so-called leaders” in Florida and neighboring Republican-led states on their stance on gun control, voter security laws and abortion rights in a fiery speech Thursday.
Without naming the Sunshine States republican Governor Harris implicitly criticized DeSantis in a speech on his own home turf in Orlando.
The vice president had spoken at the national convention of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first intercollegiate African American sorority that Harris had been a part of as a Howard University student.
There she told her sisters that the black community needed to be “leaders” on the issue of gun violence, citing data showing the disproportionate impact it is having on African Americans. However, Harris added that solving such problems “has never been easy” and blamed the “extremist” opposition for opposing reforms.
“As always, there are forces standing in our way. Forces that oppose … even the common sense gun safety proposals,” Harris said.
“Forces that include extremist so-called leaders who, instead of expanding rights, are working to limit rights.”
She continued, “These so-called leaders who, after we fought and marched, members of our sorority who were the greatest leaders, fought for the right to vote, these so-called leaders right in this state and other places are making it harder for people agree.’
Harris also took a stab at nearby Georgia, where Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law earlier this year preventing people from handing out food and water to voters waiting in line on Election Day.
“So called leaders in neighboring states who are even making it illegal to give people food and water while they are in line to vote.”
Without naming him, Harris is screwing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis about the election security bill he signed into law last year
Earlier this year, a federal appeals court upheld Florida’s new election law as constitutional. It overturned a lower court ruling that struck down the measure and blew up the state’s “grotesque history of racial discrimination.”
DeSantis came under fire from voting rights groups and Democrats last year when he signed the new Election Security Act, which critics say would limit access to ballot boxes for minorities and senior citizens.
According to the new regulations, the opening hours of the ballot boxes will be shortened and mobile mailboxes will be banned entirely. Election officials are now also required to staff all mailboxes, and the people who can cast a ballot are now limited to either family members or someone who cannot cast more than two ballots.
Ballot boxes have been critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, as historic numbers of Americans flocked to early voting and mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential race. The vast majority of the early and mail-in votes went to President Joe Biden.
During her comments Thursday, Harris also reiterated calls for women to continue fighting for access to abortion after the Supreme Court threw out five decades of precedent when it ruled Roe v. Wade had fallen.
“We know what we have to do,” Harris said.
“We must continue to fight for a woman’s right to make the most intimate, personal decisions for herself with her doctor, with her pastor, with her priests, with her loved ones, but not with her government telling her what to do .”
She also urged women to keep fighting for abortion access after a spate of Red states restricted or banned the medical procedure following the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which overturned federal abortion rights
DeSantis signed legislation in April limiting abortion to up to 15 weeks, amid a spate of GOP-led lawmakers seeking to ban or restrict access to the procedure.
The law was due to go into effect this month, before a Florida judge ruled just two weeks ago, on March 30.
DeSantis vowed to appeal the verdict later in the day during a press conference in central Florida.
“These are unborn babies who have heartbeats, they can feel pain, they can suck their thumbs,” the governor said.
“And to say that the state constitution mandates things like dismemberment abortions, I just don’t think that’s the right interpretation.”
The governor rose to national prominence as an ally of Donald Trump and later as a vocal critic of the Biden administration over COVID-19 and other policies.
He’s also been touted as a potential presidential nominee for 2024, which could see him face off against the former president in a heated primary race.
So far, no one has officially indicated that they are running for the White House in 2024.