I’m Vice President Kamala Harris is being criticized for seeming to indicate support for a student who accused on of America’s most loyal allies of genocide and offering the assessment as “truth” that “should not be suppressed.”
Harris listened to a student make the accusations against Israel while speaking at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to commemorate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday.
According to Fox News, Harris took questions after her prepared remarks and one student questioned whether the U.S. was providing money to Israel and Saudia Arabia.
“I see that over the summer there have been, like, protests and demonstrations in astronomical numbers,” the student said, referencing the Palestinian cause before moting how “just a few days ago there were funds allocated to continue backing Israel, which hurts my heart because it’s ethnic genocide and displacement of people, the same that happened in America, and I’m sure you’re aware of this.”
The student went on to allege that money that could be going to Americans to deal with housing and health care is instead “to inflaming Israel and backing Saudi Arabia and what-not.” Unfortunately, there is no report of the option of the American money staying with the taxpayer who earned it.
Harris’s reply was that she was “glad” the student brought up concerns about the Middle East and said that it was an opinion that should be heard:
“And again, this is about the fact that your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth, should not be suppressed and it must be heard, right? And one of the things we’re fighting for in a democracy, right?” Harris said.
The Vice President also went on to claim that democracy is “at its weakest when anyone is left out” of the conversation: “Our goal should be unity, but not uniformity, right?” said Harris, later adding, “Unity should never be at the expense of telling anyone personally that, for the sake of unity, ‘Oh, you be quiet about that thing. You suppress that thing. Let’s not deal with that thing.’ That’s not unity. True unity is everyone in that room has a voice.
“The point that you are making about policy that relates to Middle East policy, foreign policy, we still have healthy debates in our country about what is the right path, and nobody’s voice should be suppressed on that,” she added.