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Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto gave a live on-air “clarification” of a statement about Sen. Kamala Harris by the Trump campaign.
During a report on former Vice President Joe Biden’s running-mate pick on Tuesday, Cavuto fact-checked a Trump campaign statement claiming the presumptive Democratic nominee was called a “racist” by Harris, asserting that the California Democrat who was named as Biden’s vice-presidential pick “never did” come out and directly label him as such.
(Source: Fox News)
Soon after Biden announced Harris as his 2020 running mate, Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson released a statement that Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts reported on during “Your World” on Tuesday.
“Not long ago, Kamala Harris called Joe Biden a racist and asked for an apology she never received,” Pierson wrote. “Clearly, Phony Kamala will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party.”
Pierson’s comment referred to the confrontation between Harris and Biden during the first Democratic primary debate last June when she brought up the issue of school busing and his record on segregation.
WATCH: Harris says she doesn’t think Biden is a racist, but she talks directly to Biden about his having worked with segregationists on the issue of school busing. #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/Ytb2xvOhux
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 28, 2019
Roberts noted in his report that the president’s reelection campaign seemed like it would be focusing on the integrity of Harris, a former attorney general of California and former San Francisco district attorney.
The statement also portrayed Harris as a radical progressive, warning she would try to “appease the anti-police extremists” in the Democratic Party.
“Clearly, they’re setting this up to say that Kamala Harris has abandoned her own principles in order to run for president, and in order to become Joe Biden’s running mate, and that she may, in fact, not just be running as vice president, but be running as Joe Biden successor already,” Roberts said.
“So that’s a way that they’re going to try to attack this ticket to try to convince people that a vote for Joe Biden is a vote for what they call in this statement an ’empty shell’ who will be filled with the agenda of the radical left,” Roberts added. “So the Trump campaign is playing hardball here, Neil, right out of the gate with this pick of Kamala Harris.”
“As a former prosecutor, if anything, Kamala Harris was getting heat from many African Americans of the party and others because she was a little too tough on crime and that sort of thing,” Cavuto noted, “and that it would negate her being a running mate. So in a way, be careful what you criticize.”
Roberts agreed, adding that there appeared to be a “contradiction.”
“She ran afoul of progressives, and yet the Trump campaign is portraying her as someone who is adherent to progressive ideology,” he said. “So they’re painting her as way left of what people in the Democratic Party have been. But that’s the way that Trump is going to fight this campaign.”
Cavuto then interjected with his correction of the Trump campaign statement, attributing the comment to the president himself.
“By the way, the real quick clarification I want to get — the president seems to be saying that Kamala Harris had called Joe Biden a racist. She never did,” he said.
“No,” Roberts agreed but offered another clarification.
“And again it wasn’t the president who issued this statement it was Katrina Pearson who issued the statement on behalf of the president and the president’s campaign,” he said, adding how the “intimation” was there even if Harris did not directly say it.
“But clearly, in that confrontation in the debate, it was an uncomfortable moment. She did demand an apology,” Roberts said. “Whether or not she said the word racist or not, the intimation was there.”
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