California Senator Kamala Harris stated Russia intentionally used racism to disrupt the democratic course of within the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful reiterated her perception that race is a nationwide safety subject, claiming Russia particularly meddled with the U.S. election as a method of undermining the nation’s “strongest pillar of democracy.”
Harris stated Russia tried and failed a number of methods for infiltrating and compromising the U.S. election course of earlier than efficiently honing in on racism and longstanding racial divisions.
Russian-led disinformation campaigns offered phrases resembling “identity politics,” Harris told NBC News‘ Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, to be able to discredit actual conversations about race and divide and conquer American democracy.
“On this election issue, this longstanding adversary decided that they wanted to attack us where we are strong,” Harris stated Sunday morning. “And one of the almost intangible strengths of America is we can hold ourselves out as a democracy, as flawed though we may be, it gives us the authority to walk in rooms and actually talk about human rights, talk about civil rights, talk about concepts of freedom. “
Harris continued, “So they decide, let’s get at them, let’s attack that, so they decide to attack the strongest pillar of democracy which is freedom and open elections. So let’s get Americans going at each other, what’s going to get heat? And they tried out a bunch of different things and you know what caught heat? The issue of race. So Russia exposed America’s achilles heel.”
Harris, who sits on Senate Homeland Security and Intelligence committees, stated the U.S. is “very vulnerable to cyber threats” and that Russia’s use of race as a technique to dismantle American democracy proves to her that racial points have turn out to be a nationwide safety menace.
“And all of a sudden, guess what? For those who want to marginalize the conversation about race and racial inequities and say ‘oh well that’s identity politics’ or this and that — guess what? It is now also a national security issue. And we need to deal with it.”
She famous that racism was an issue within the U.S. lengthy earlier than Trump was elected and it will likely be after he’s out of workplace, however added that Americans cannot condone any chief who followers the fires of racial division. She accused the president of operating a “campaign of terror” that’s dividing Americans and making them worry one another in a tactic similar to that of the Russians.
Harris proposed an official “cyber doctrine” that might information lawmakers on how to reply to cyber assaults much like the Russian 2016 election operations. She ridiculed the Trump administration for not permitting the FBI, NSA, CIA or different intelligence businesses to assist shield future elections from interference. In addition to the election course of, she added that “critical” infrastructure networks that maintain up the nation’s energy grid, well being care system and monetary establishments are all potential targets for cyber assaults.
“Russia interfered in the election of the president of the United States, regardless of what Donald Trump says,” Harris instructed Todd. “Listen to the intelligence community—they tell you that is true because it is true. That’s a fact.”
She admitted it is “debatable” whether or not or not Russia is liable for “state-sponsored terrorism,” however insisted the nation’s management is completely behind assaults on U.S. democracy.
“There’s no question they have committed human rights abuse, there is no question they are an adversary, there is no question they have attacked America’s democracy.”