(PresidentialInsider.com)- Vice President Kamala Harris gave a wide-ranging interview with CBS’ Margaret Brennan on the “Face the Nation” program that aired Sunday, and made many controversial remarks.
In just a little more than a day since it’s aired, people around the world are already blasting Harris for much of what she said. But, one of the most controversial remarks was when the VP said that the United States would lose its status as a “role model” if Congress didn’t end up passing new voting rights legislation.
President Joe Biden put Harris in charge of cobbling together support for a voting rights bill in Congress. However, like much of what Harris has been asked to do by Biden, the VP has thus far failed in her attempt.
That apparently isn’t stopping her from pushing ahead with the efforts. In Sunday’s interview, she said of America’s role in the world:
“We have been a role model saying, ‘You can see this and aspire to this and reject autocracies and autocratic leadership.’ Right now, we’re about to take ourselves off the map as a role model if we let people destroy one of the most important pillars of a democracy, which is free and fair elections.”
Over the summer, Harris urged members of Congress to pass both the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the For the People Act. While those bills stand a chance in the Democrat-controlled House, they stand no chance passing through the Senate.
Democrats would need the support of 10 Republican members in the Senate to pass any voting rights bill, since it’s not something that can be passed as part of budget reconciliation to avoid the filibuster rule.
In June, Harris said that voting rights in the U.S. were “under assault” when she commented:
“In the days and weeks ahead, I will engage the American people, and I will work with voting rights organizations, community organizations and the private sector to help strengthen and uplift efforts on voting rights nationwide. And we will also work with members of Congress to help advance these bills.”
To date, she has been unsuccessful in at least the last part of those comments — advancing the bills through Congress. No word on whether she’s even made any progress with the groups she said she’d make inroads with.
Strangely, Harris admitted in her “Face the Nation” interview that many people in America probably don’t view voting rights as an “urgent” matter. Despite making that admission, she said the Biden administration would continue to shine a spotlight on voting rights, hoping that more people would eventually realize that some are “suppressing the right of the American people to vote.”
During the interview, Harris said she doesn’t believe she’s “being set up to fail” by the Biden administration, which many progressive Democrats have claimed. She defended herself and the administration by saying:
“I’m the vice president of the United States. Anything that I handle is because it’s a tough issue, and it couldn’t be handled at some other level. And there are a lot of big, tough issues that need to be addressed, and it has actually been part of my lifelong career to deal with tough issues — and this is no different.”