RALEIGH, N.C. - Sen. Kamala Harris spoke at Shaw University and a Black-owned barbershop on Monday in her first visit to North Carolina as the Democratic nominee for vice president.
Harris talked about the U.S. Supreme Court at Shaw, a historically black university (HBCU), before meeting with Black voters at a Southeast Raleigh barbershop and then a short surprise visit to Trophy Brewing downtown.
Harris, a U.S. senator from California and former state attorney general, spoke two days after President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat that became vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Harris is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to begin considering Barrett's nomination Oct. 12.
"We will not give in. We will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralyzed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court," Harris said.
Harris said Barrett on the Supreme Court could mean that the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act are threatened.
She said that Trump ignored Ginsburg's final wish to hold off on her replacement until after the election, which Harris called "a wish, by the way, shared by the American people."
"We're not even debating whether the Senate should hold off," Harris said, on confirming Barrett. "We are in the middle of an election. An ongoing election."
In the speech at Shaw in downtown Raleigh, she also took a few jabs at Trump.
"He knows he can't win if the people vote. Donald Trump is weak, so he is throwing up every roadblock he can to suppress the vote," Harris said.