WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Kamala Harris will mark the Jan. 6, 2021 attacks on the U.S. Capitol on Saturday with remarks in South Carolina, where the Feb. 3 Democratic primary will be held.
Harris will speak on the anniversary of the deadly attacks, after Biden delivered scathing criticism of Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s actions that day in a speech Friday near Valley Forge, in Pennsylvania.
The Vice President will travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to deliver the keynote address at the annual retreat of the Women’s Missionary Society of the AME Church of the 7th Episcopal District.
“Three years ago today, on January 6, 2021, a mob invaded the United States Capitol. They used violence and fear to attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election and to overturn the votes of millions of Americans,” Harris said. plans to say, according to excerpts of his remarks released by his office.
“That day we witnessed violence, chaos and anarchy, even though some so-called leaders continue to say that it was a peaceful protest led by, quote, ‘big people’ patriots’,” the statement said.
Biden credits South Carolina with catapulting him to the White House in 2020, and the state has been placed at the top of the party’s nomination calendar, ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire.
The AME, or African Methodist Episcopal Church, established in response to racial discrimination in an American Methodist church in the late 1700s, has thousands of congregations worldwide and several million members. Biden will speak Monday at Mother Emanuel AME in South Carolina, where nine members were killed by a white supremacist in 2015.
Although Biden does not face serious competition for the Democratic presidential nomination, polls show he has lost some support from black voters nationally. Strong turnout in the primaries in a state where the majority of Democratic voters are black would calm fears about his electability within the party.
” Let’s not give up. Let’s roll up our sleeves instead. We were born for such a time as this. We love our country,” Harris says in the excerpts.
“We believe in the principles on which we were founded. And guided by our faith, we are prepared to fight for those principles. With hope, optimism and faith. When we fight, we win,” she said in his remarks. .
(Reporting by Steve Holland; editing by Heather Timmons and Gerry Doyle)
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