Election deniers and the U.S. politicians supporting them are weakening the nation’s fame as a world chief in democracy and creating “very harmful” threats to the nation, Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned in an interview that aired Sunday.

“I believe it’s a menace. And I believe it is rather harmful, and I believe it is rather dangerous. And it makes us weaker,” she instructed NBC’s Chuck Todd of home assaults, which have included the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol and associated nationwide efforts to hinder the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

“I believe that now we have to confess that there are assaults from inside … and we have to take it severely. And we have to arise collectively, all of us, and consider this not by means of a partisan lens however as Americas,” she mentioned.

Harris positively referenced her time as a senator engaged on the Senate Intelligence Committee for instance of politicians working collectively “on frequent grounds, with a standard objective” and with out political bias. These conferences had been held behind closed doorways and with out cameras, she famous.

“Folks would take off their jackets, they’d roll up their sleeves, and so they had been Individuals first, centered on the threats to our nationwide safety, on frequent grounds, with a standard objective, which is to defend our nation towards assault,” she mentioned. “Once I take into consideration what now we have been seeing when it comes to the assaults from inside, I want that we might method it the identical approach – as Individuals, as an alternative of by means of some partisan lens.”

She referred to as out politicians at this time who she mentioned fail to uphold the rule of regulation and different democratic rules by repeatedly denying the result of the 2020 election. She famous the 11 election deniers who’re presently working to supervise future elections of their residence states.

Along with sowing inner chaos, these people damage the nation’s skill to be considered and trusted on the world stage “as a defender and an instance of an important democracy,” she mentioned.

“I believe what it sends is a sign that causes individuals to query, ‘Hey, is America nonetheless valuing what they speak about?’ ― which is the integrity of democracies, which suggests defending a rule of regulation and the sanctity of those programs and talking up when they’re attacked,” she mentioned.

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