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January 19, 2018 2:00 pm
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Much like the rest of the country, California Senator Kamala Harris is not letting the GOP make light of Donald Trump’s racist comments describing Africa and Haiti as “shithole countries.”

Speaking during a Congressional hearing earlier this week, the Democratic Senator delivered scathing — but warranted — remarks as she directly addressed Trump-appointed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. During her own testimony, Nielsen gave her recollection of Trump’s outwardly racist comments, suggesting that she didn’t take issue with Trump embracing the idea of advocating for the U.S. to welcome more people from the predominantly-white country of Norway, referring to it as a “hard-working” country that doesn’t have much crime or debt.

In response, Harris offered a direct rebuttal, noting that Nielsen’s reaction to Trump’s comments gave off the vivid implication that people from Haiti and Africa are not hard-working.

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The former CA Attorney General also noted that Nielsen claiming not to know for sure whether or not Norway is a predominantly white country reflects poorly on her credibility as the Secretary of Homeland Security.

You can watch the exchange in full in the video clip above.

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