During an exchange about police reform during the vice presidential debate, Sen. Kamala Harris pushed back against Vice President Mike Pence’s criticism of her record as attorney general for the state of California, saying she was the only one on stage with experience enforcing laws in a justice system that had failed Americans like Breonna Taylor. She continued to talk about what she saw as a systemic failure of the justice system on every level, all the way up to President Donald Trump, who would not condemn white supremacists during the presidential debate last week when asked directly. Pence defended what he described as the president’s “repeated” condemnation of white supremacists and neo-Nazis, adding that Trump also had Jewish children and grandchildren. The president has been criticized throughout his administration by both parties for racist remarks, including 2017 comments referenced by both candidates on stage that there were “some very fine people” on both sides of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that turned violent when one woman was run down by a car and killed.
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