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Jeb Bush spoke Friday morning at the right-wing Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington — and showed that he is yet another conservative with a problem discussing racism in the context of the shooting at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Sahil Kapur of Bloomberg Politics reports:

Kapur also reports that Bush called the shooting “an evil act of aggression,” but still tried to sidestep the issue of race.

Laura Bassett of The Huffington Post asked Bush some follow-up questions — and continued to get some very uncertain answers.

The suspected mass murderer, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, has been quoted by survivors as having announced to them that it was his intention to kill black people, and he also reportedly confirmed this motive to law enforcement officials after his arrest. He is also known to have variously worn or displayed insignia of historical white-supremacist regimes such as apartheid-era South Africa, white Rhodesia, and the Confederate States of America.

And somehow, all of this makes it difficult for people to figure out exactly what the motive was.

Photo: Jeb Bush, May 16, 2015, iprimages via Flickr

Sen. Kamala Harris

Joe Biden announced late Tuesday afternoon that he has selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate. The ascendance of Harris, as the first Black woman on the national ticket of a major party, represents a historic advance for gender and racial equality.

Harris has drawn favorable notices for her performance in the first Democratic presidential debate and her tough questioning of Trump officials in the Senate, including Attorney General William Barr. She departed the 2020 presidential primaries last winter when her own campaign faltered.

"I have the great honor to announce that I've picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country's finest public servants — as my running mate, and one of the country's finest public servants — as my running mate," wrote Biden in a tweet naming his choice.


Harris brings both Capitol Hill and law enforcement experience to the Democratic ticket. Before running for the Senate in 2018, she served as California's attorney general and as San Francisco's district attorney.