Vice President Kamala Harris met with rapper “Lil Baby,” who recently protested law enforcement by standing on a police car during a Black Lives Matter-themed performance, for what was apparently an “open discussion” earlier this week.
There is no word on exactly what the two discussed, but the meeting was an interesting priority for Harris who, 128 days into the administration, still has not visited the southern border despite the surging migrant crisis.
“Lil Baby” whose real name is Dominique Armani Jones, posted a photo thanking Harris after he accompanied George Floyd’s family to the White House on the one-year anniversary of his death, The Hill reported. He posted the photo on Instagram, giving the vice president a “shoutout” for “taking the time out of her busy day to sit with me to have an open discussion!”
The Floyd family was in Washington, D.C. to push for police reform in the form of support for their bill, the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act,” though you wouldn’t know it based on Biden’s comments to reporters following the meeting.
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“The Floyd family meeting went incredibly well. We spent a long time together. I got a chance to spend a lot of time with Gianna and her family,” Biden said, adding that he shared some less than healthy snacks with Floyd’s daughter.
“She said, ‘I’m really hungry.’ She said to me, ‘Do you have any snacks?’ My wife will kill me — we gave her some ice cream, she had some Cheetos and I think she had a chocolate milk.”
Lil Baby, who also apparently had a photo-op with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is reportedly close to the Floyd family, according to The Hill which noted that “he threw a surprise birthday party for Floyd’s daughter Gianna in December, paying for all of the expenses.”
Lil Baby and Nancy Pelosi at the White House today👀‼️ pic.twitter.com/pssHwsOrVY
— RapTV (@raptvcom) May 26, 2021
During this year’s Grammy Awards, the rapper stood on top of a police car during the performance of his song “The Bigger Picture,” apparently in protest of law enforcement. The presentation even included a speech by Black Lives Matter activist Tamika D. Mallory.
Meanwhile, Harris has vocalized support for passage of the reform bill, calling on Congress to act with urgency. Questions, however, are being raised on the VP’s priorities as the crisis on our country’s southern border continues to rage.
Last week, Customs and Border Patrol announced that more fentanyl has been seized on the border thus far in 2021 than in all of 2020. It is jarring to think about the amount of the deadly drug that authorities have missed that are now flooding U.S. communities.
Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector in Texas reported yesterday that they have seen a 3,166% increase in arrests of convicted sex offenders.
As the crisis at the border continues to seep further into our communities, this week marked a sad milestone. It has been over two months since Biden named Harris border crisis manager, and she still has not found the time to even visit the border, much less hold a press conference on the issue.
The White House appears to support her endeavor to avoid the crisis at all costs. Last month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Harris’ choice to visit a bakery instead of the border saying “She got a snack….she’s allowed to do that”.
Some members of Congress have had enough. The most recent push to get Kamala to the border came from Representative Ashley Hinson of Iowa who introduced the ‘See the Crisis’ Act. If passed, the bill would ban Harris from taxpayer-funded travel until she visits the border.
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