California Senator Kamala Harris, seemed unprepared for the aggressive criticism she received from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, (D-Hawaii) last night during the 2020 Democratic primary debate, at times contorting her face and shaking her head in disbelief in response to Gabbard’s remarks over her controversial record as a prosecutor.
While we certainly aren’t looking to help build Rep. Tulsi Gabbard up, watching her cut Sen. Kamala Harris down to size was both entertaining as well as satisfying.
During the second Democratic primary debate, held in Detroit, Rep. Gabbard called Sen. Harris out for her hypocritical stance on marijuana stating, Harris “put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations,” she “laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”
Rep. Gabbard was referring to comments Sen. Harris made in February during an interview with The Breakfast Club on the popular New York radio station Power 105.1, where she admitted to smoking marijuana.
When radio host Charlamagne asked if Harris had ever smoked marijuana she replied, “I have, and I inhaled. It was a long time ago.” Harris, trying to further appeal to the African American demographic said she liked to listen to Snoop Dogg and Tupac when she got high, but that’s impossible considering neither artist had produced any music when she attended college in the late 80s.
Further exposing herself during the radio interview, Harris proclaimed, “Half my family is from Jamaica; are you kidding me?” This comment is interesting because during the second night of the first 2019 Democrat debate four months after her comments on Power 105.1, Harris claimed to have been a victim of segregation in America. Sen. Harris seemingly adjusts her “blackness” according to the situation she finds herself in.
Ali Alexander quickly called her out on Twitter: “I’m not taking anything away from Jamaicans. She implied she came from Black American Slaves. She did not. None of her family was in America for slavery, Civil War, or even Jim Crow. She has a history of lying about her blackness. Her father says they were slave owners.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also stated Harris had “blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California, and she fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.”
“I am proud of making a decision to not just give fancy speeches or be in a legislative body and give speeches on the floor but doing the work of being in the position to use the power that I had to reform a system that is badly in need of reform,” Harris responded.
In 2014, lawyers from Harris’s office argued in a filing that early release of prisoners would greatly harm the labor program within the prison.
“Extending 2-for-1 credits to all minimum custody inmates at this time would severely impact fire camp participation — a dangerous outcome while California is in the middle of a difficult fire season and severe drought.”
The presidential campaign for Sen. Harris told the Daily Beast in February that Harris was “shocked and troubled by the use of this argument. She looked into it and directed the department’s attorneys not to make that argument again.”
Sen. Harris responded to Rep.Gabbard’s claims stating, “As elected attorney general of California, I did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people — which became a national model for the work that needs to be done.”
“The bottom line is Senator Harris when you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives, you did not and worse yet in the case of those who are on death row, innocent people, you actually blocked evidence from being revealed that would have freed them until you were forced to do so,” The Hawaii congresswoman responded.
“There is no excuse for that and the people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor, you owe them an apology,” Gabbard added.
Watch the full exchange here: