Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a campaignspeech in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday in which she fell back on her go-to racially charged rhetorical crutches to make the point that America faces a “profound threat” to freedom.
On Tuesday’s show, Megyn was Stu Burguiere, host of BlazeTV’s Stu Does America, and Dave Marcus, columnist for Daily Mail and Fox News, to discuss Harris’ attempted profundities and divisive rhetoric.
Harris on Repeat
The vice president was in Columbia, South Carolina, on Monday for the annual NAACP South Carolina State Conference in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. In a moment Megyn described as “cringe,” Harris opened her remarks with one of her favorite lines:
“Today, we celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a visionary who saw what could be, unburdened by what had been,” she began.
If the line sounds familiar, it’s because Harris has said it at least a dozen times before. “You would think her speech writers would say, ‘Madam, you’ve said that too many times. Nobody knows what you’re talking about.’ But she keeps saying it over and over,” Megyn noted. “She is an empty vessel. She has no profundities to offer, and it’s very clear to all of us.”
‘Unburdened’ by History
While Megyn quipped that Harris is “unburdened by a high IQ,” she said the bigger problem is her role as a “race provocateur” who feels compelled to “poke the racial bear all the time.”
To that point, Harris used her time at the podium in Columbia to urge black voters to support Democrats this election cycle due to the “profound threat” freedom faces in the United States today. She cited the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the voting system, and gun violence as some examples.
She also attempted to add historical context. “Generations after generation, on the fields of Gettysburg, in the schools of Little Rock, on the grounds of this state house, on the streets of Ferguson, and on the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives, we the people have always fought to make the promise of freedom real,” Harris said.
Megyn said Harris had some “nerve” to equate historical events like Gettysburg and the ‘Little Rock Nine’ to the racially charged riots of the last few years. “Ferguson is not some civil rights example now,” she noted. “And now she has the nerve to raise it and compare it to Little Rock, never mind those morons on the floor of the Tennessee legislature?”
When you consider the speech in its entirety, Marcus said Harris’ “unburdened” line takes on a new meaning. “This is part of what makes her rhetoric about ‘unburdening ourselves from the past’ not only deeply stupid but really menacing and dangerous,” he explained. “Because what she means by that is tearing down statues; what she means by that is rewriting history; what she means by that is abandoning everything that America has ever stood for and ignoring that in the hopes of some pie in the sky equity that nobody can even actually explain or tell us how it would work. That’s dangerous.”
Ultimately, Megyn said the behavior is par for the course from Harris. “Anytime there’s a racial dispute,” she concluded, “she’s the first to stoke the fires.”
You can check out Megyn’s full interview with Burguiere and Marcus by tuning in to episode 703 on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. And don’t forget that you can catch The Megyn Kelly Show live on SiriusXM’s Triumph (channel 111) weekdays from 12pm to 2pm ET.