President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have endorsed Karen Bass in the Los Angeles' mayor race, cementing the congresswoman's place as the pick of the Democratic establishment.
The congresswoman and the billionaire real estate developer, both Democrats, will compete this November to replace outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti.
"We were talking about racial reckoning, and it seemed to be an enlightened period," she said. "And now we have had major setbacks."
The high-profile Democrat plans to focus on the city's homeless crisis in her quest to replace outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The California congresswoman is one of the most prominent Black figures in U.S. politics.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is still working on a version of a policing overhaul bill that could pass the Senate.
"America is not a racist country," the Senate Republican said, adding that every society has "bad actors."
Rep. Karen Bass said Sunday that Trump's scheduled visit to Wisconsin in the wake of protests against police brutality is meant to cause harm.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is already facing pressure to appoint a historic candidate to the seat.
The California congresswoman, who is a top contender to become Joe Biden's running mate, explained her 2010 comments on Twitter.