United States Republican senator, Lindsey Graham has stated that systemic racism ‘doesn’t exist’ in the US – saying the elections of Barack Obama and VP Kamala Harris into the White House is evidence before advising Joe Biden to stop criticizing America for historic wrongs.
Responding to comments made by President Biden that George Floyd’s murder ‘ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism that has become a ‘stain on our nation’s soul.’, Graham, a staunch Trump Ally says the punishment given towards police officer Derek Chauvin is evidence that systemic racism doesn’t exist and that within every society there are ‘bad actors’.
Asked by Fox News Sunday host, Chris Wallace if there is systemic racism in the police and other American institutions, Graham said: ‘No, not in my opinion. We just elected a two-term African-American president; the vice president is of African-American and Indian descent. So our systems are not racist.’
He continued: ‘America is not a racist country. Within every society, you have bad actors. The Chauvin trial was a just result.’
The South Carolina Republican went on to criticize ‘this attack on police and policing, claiming that Democrats suggest officers ‘are all racist’.
Graham added: ‘America’s a work in progress but it’s the best place on the planet. And Joe Biden spent a lot of time running the place down. I wish he would stop it.’
Following Chauvin’s conviction by a jury on all counts – second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – on Tuesday, Vice President Harris said Floyd’s death represented the ‘racial injustice that black Americans have known for generations’.
Biden added: ‘We can’t stop here. It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to.’
Responding Sunday to the president’s comments, Graham expressed hope that a bipartisan deal on policing reform could be done by May 25, as long as an agreement could be reached on qualified immunity – which gives officers protection from legal action.
‘Qualified immunity is a very big deal. If you want to destroy policing in America make sure every cop can be sued when they leave the house,’ he said.
‘So there’s a way to find qualified immunity reform, take the cop out of it. You sue the department rather than the officer if there’s an allegation of civil rights abuse or constitutional rights abuse.