NOT BACKING DOWN: Veep has strong warning for Florida Republicans

Vice President Kamala Harris holds nothing back in a scathing rebuke of Florida Republicans for rejecting an African-American studies program and implementing a restrictive ban on reproductive healthcare rights and access during a speech on Sunday.

“We will not back down,” Madame Vice President told the Tallahassee crowd.

Harris – a graduate of the historically Black college, Howard University – slammed the governor’s decision to keep the Advanced Placement course out of Florida’s public school curriculum.

“Unfortunately, in Florida, extremist so-called leaders ban books, block history classes, and prevent teachers from freely discussing who they are and who they love,” the country’s first Black and first female Vice President said, adding, “Anyone who bans teaching American history has no right to shape America’s future.”

With antisemitism and anti-Black discrimination on the rise, diversity and inclusion in public education are vital to combat the rampant misinformation and false narratives pushed by right-wing bad actors.

Both V.P. Harris and Gov. DeSantis have been rumored to be eyeing a 2024 presidential run.

Speaking on the 50th anniversary of the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, the former Senator reiterated the Biden Administration’s commitment to protecting a woman’s constitutionally protected right to keep the government out of their family planning decisions, the Los Angeles Times wrote.

“The right of every woman in every state in the country to make decisions about her own body is on the line,” Harris said

The vice president has embraced a role as the face of the Biden administration’s push to preserve abortion access and women’s reproductive rights. She’s met with leaders from 38 states to discuss attacks on reproductive rights and convened nearly 200 state legislators from 18 states to hash out pending legislation, according to a Harris aide.

Mainstream media hasn’t been kind to the second most powerful person in the United States. taking the Vice President’s focus and refusal to engage in culture war pettiness for weakness.

But Madame Harris has proven she’s anything but.

The former California Attorney General is taking her role very seriously, stepping out of the shadow of her commander-in-chief, asserting and positioning herself in a leadership role.

The Vice President was praised in the media for her impact in key midterm races that saw the election of Los Angeles’ first Black female mayor, former Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and former Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro clinch the state’s governorship.

Governors Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), Andrew Cuomo’s successor Kathy Hochul (D-NY), and J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) also received Madame Harris’ endorsement – and won.

“For all of the ‘where is the vice president?’ talk, too few people realize that she spent the weeks ahead of the midterms visiting universities across the country and helping turn out the GenZ vote,” tweeted Eugene Scott, national political reporter at The Washington Post.

As 2023 progresses, V.P. Harris is poised to continue her no-nonsense approach to governance, calling out the dangers of GOP hypocrisy and rule.

Even Donald Trump and Ivanka previously donated thousands to the former California Attorney General’s re-election campaign.

While Harris has taken some public hits by chaos creators, the former Senator and state prosecutor have been more visible and vocal in recent weeks, vowing to continue fighting for the American people.

Thank you, Madame Vice President.

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Ty Ross

News journalist for Washington Press and Occupy Democrats.