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New Book Says Jill Biden Opposed Picking Kamala Harris For VP Because Kamala ‘Betrayed’ Joe

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A new book from New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns says that First Lady Jill Biden initially was against her husband choosing Kamala Harris as his running mate.

The book, entitled This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future, details the fact that Jill was uncomfortable with Joe choosing someone who had “attacked” him during the primary debates.

If you remember the 2020 election, you know that things sometimes got out of hand in the debates.

But during one particular televised debate in June of 2019, Harris found herself discussing Biden’s past working with formerly segregationist lawmakers.

I also believe—and it’s personal. And I—I was actually very—it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on segregation of race in this country.

Harris was referring to Biden’s comments about Herman Talmadge and James Eastland, two former Senators who acted in opposition to desegregated school busing. Biden worked with them, and in fact, opposed desegregated busing himself.

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 bused to school every day, and that little girl was me. So, I will tell you that on this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats. We have to take it seriously.

The Biden family apparently saw Harris’ statement as a “smear and a betrayal.”

Jill Biden, according to the book, said “There are millions of people in the United States. Why do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe?”

Of course, it was a legitimate criticism. Joe Biden has a bit of a spotty record on race. But the fact that he chose Harris, who has since become the first female Vice President and the first black woman to be in the Oval Office, says more about how far he’s come than about how far he had to go.

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