Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Sunday refuted President Donald Trump’s assertion the economy is recovering from its COVID-19 pandemic slump, saying it’s “based on how rich people are doing.”
In an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Senator from California said in reality, “working people are suffering.”
“There is no question that Donald Trump has been an abject failure and incompetent when it comes to addressing the severe job loss that has happened as a result of the pandemic because he has failed to address the pandemic itself,” she said.
“And when we look at this path hopefully at some point to recovery, his perspective cannot be our perspective because his perspective for too long is to talk about how well the economy is doing based on how rich people are doing. We need to talk about how the economy is doing based on how working people are doing.”
Harris said it’s a “false choice” to pit job creation against environmental protection, saying she no longer opposed fracking and sides with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on the issue.
“Joe is saying, one, those are good-paying jobs in places like Pennsylvania,” she said. “And, two, that we need to also invest and put a significant investment in the good-paying union jobs that we can create around clean energy, around renewable energy.
“And that is the kind of approach we need to have. But always understanding that it's a false choice to suggest that we either take care of jobs or we take care of our environment. We can do both and we should do both.”
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