Kamala Devi Harris was born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father in Oakland, California on October 20, 1964. She is, in part, a descendant of a Jamaican slave owner, as Harris’ father, Donald J. Harris, explained in a January 2019 essay which he wrote about his family’s heritage:
“My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town) and to my maternal grandmother Miss Iris (née Iris Finegan, farmer and educator, from Aenon Town and Inverness, ancestry unknown to me). The Harris name comes from my paternal grandfather Joseph Alexander Harris, land-owner and agricultural ‘produce’ exporter (mostly pimento or all-spice), who died in 1939 one year after I was born and is buried in the church yard of the magnificent Anglican Church which Hamilton Brown built in Brown’s Town (and where, as a child, I learned the catechism, was baptized and confirmed, and served as an acolyte).”
Harris’ mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, was an internationally famous cancer researcher and the daughter of P.V. Gopalan, a high-ranking Indian diplomat from the Brahmin caste. As a Los Angeles Times article described Shyamala, she was the “privileged child of foreign grad students.” She taught at universities in France, Italy and Canada, and she once told Modern Luxury magazine: “When Kamala was in first grade one of her teachers said to me, ‘You know, your child has a great imagination. Every time we talk about someplace in the world she says, Oh, I’ve been there. So I told her [the teacher], ‘Well, she has been there!’ India, England, the Caribbean, Africa—she had been there.” Modern Luxury also quoted “one of Harris’s Nob Hill friends” as saying that “her Brahmin background accounts for her ease around wealthy, powerful people.”
Both sides of Harris’ family were upper-class political figures in their respective countries, with money and power. Harris’ father was a professor of economics at Stanford University who served as an adviser to multiple Jamaican prime ministers.
Both of Harris’ parents were far leftists who, in the early 1960s, were active in the Berkeley-based Afro-American Association (AAA), which, according to one former member, consisted of many people who looked to “Fidel Castro and Che Guevara” as their “heroes.” “We would talk about Black Muslims, the liberation movements going on in Africa, everything,” this member recalls. AAA leader Donald Warden mentored two of the group’s members, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, who in 1966 would collaborate to establish the Black Panther Party. Years thereafter, Warden — who by then had changed his name to Khalid al-Mansour — would use his influence to help Barack Obama gain admission to Harvard Law School.
The blogger/author/documentarian Trevor Loudon also lays out the facts about the radical ties of Harris’ sister, Maya:
“Harris’ sister Maya Harris was a student activist at Stanford University. She was a friend of Steve Phillips, one of the leading Marxist-Leninists on campus and a longtime affiliate of a pro-China group League of Revolutionary Struggle. According to Phillips’ blog, Political Intelligence: ‘First, let me make clear that I come out of the Left. I’ve studied Marx, Mao, and Lenin. In college, I organized solidarity efforts for freedom struggles in South Africa and Nicaragua, and I palled around with folks who considered themselves communists and revolutionaries …, and I did my research paper on the Black Panther Party.”
“After leaving Stanford in the early 1990s, Phillips led many of his comrades into the Democratic Party. He also married into the multi-billion Sandler family Golden West savings and loan fortune, which enabled the young revolutionary to buy himself considerable political influence…. In 2008, Phillips spent $10 million through his PowerPAC-plus on voter registration drives in Southern and South Western states that got his friend Barack Obama ahead of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. In 2013, Phillips helped elect his old Stanford friend Cory Booker to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. In 2018, he almost made his proteges Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum the governors of Georgia and Florida, respectively.
“Phillips is a friend of the Harris family and helped Maya Harris’ husband Tony West become associate attorney general in the Obama administration. He has also been a major sponsor of Kamala Harris’ political career. In 2003, Phillips helped elect Harris as San Francisco district attorney…. Phillips’ PowerPAC-plus helped elect Harris as California attorney general in 2010 and then to the U.S. Senate in 2016.”
Harris moved to Montreal in 1976 after her parents separated; her mother was hired to teach at McGill University and to conduct research at the Jewish General Hospital. Kamala returned to the United States after graduating from the exclusive Westmount High School, located in one of Montreal’s wealthiest suburbs.
Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, is an attorney with the law firm DLA Piper, which, according to Natalie Winters in the National Pulse, “boasts nearly 30 years of experience in China and over 140 lawyers dedicated to its ‘China Investment Services’ branch.” Adds Winters:
“To facilitate DLA Piper’s China practice—which has received countless prestigious awards from the China Business Law Journal and China Law and Practice—the company employs a host of former Chinese Communist Party officials.
“Ernest Yang, who serves as the firm’s Head of Litigation & Regulatory department and Co-Head of International Arbitration, was appointed to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 2013. The CPPCC serves as the top advisory board for the Chinese Communist Party, and Yang was promoted to the body’s Standing Committee in 2019.
“Jessica Zhao, a Senior Advisor, served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), a government-owned body established by the Chinese Communist Party in 1956. It was developed under the auspices of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, ‘a governmental body for the furtherance of Chinese trade promotion.’”
Several other high-level employees of DLA Piper have served the Chinese regime in various capacities.
Kamala Harris earned a B.A. from Howard University in 1986 and a JD from the UC Hastings College of Law in 1989. During her student years, she organized mentor programs for nonwhite minorities, demonstrated against South African apartheid, and pledged a black sorority named Alpha Kappa Alpha, which was engaged in social activism.
After graduating from law school, Harris spent the next quarter-century serving variously as: Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County from 1990-98; Managing Attorney of the Career Criminal Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office from 1998-2000; head of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Division on Families and Children from 2000-03; San Francisco’s District Attorney from 2004-11; and Attorney General of California from 2011-16.
In 1994 the 30-year-old Harris was dating 60-year-old Willie Brown, who at that time was the Democratic speaker of the California State Assembly, making him one of the most powerful politicians in the state. Brown had been separated but not divorced from his wife since the 1980s. In June of ’94, Harris took a leave of absence from her job as a deputy prosecutor in Alameda County and was appointed by Brown to a $97,000-per-year position with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB).
Harris then resigned from that board five months later and was immediately appointed by Brown to a $70,000-per-year job with the California Medical Assistance Commission (CMAC), a post she would hold until 1998. Harris had no medical background whatsoever when she joined the CMAC, which was noteworthy in light of the fact that Commission members were technically required to have experience in health-and-medical-related fields. Moreover, all the other CMAC members were former state officials who were either nearing retirement or already semi-retired, thus Harris was approximately three decades younger than anyone else on the Commission. According to former California Republican state assemblyman Brett Granlund: “Both boards [CUIAB and CMAC] are reserved for political payback or occasionally for personal rewards for personal service. The boards are considered plumb appointments as they require no work, no policy credentials, and are paid the equivalent of a full-time [state] senator for arriving at a one-to-two-hour meeting each month.”
In October 2020, Trevor Loudon provided the following vital background information about Willie Brown’s communist ties: “Brown was a long-time communist sympathizer. He was first elected to public office with the help of the Communist Party USA youth wing. He was funded by Dr. Carlton Goodlett, a communist newspaper owner who was once awarded the Lenin Prize by the government of the former Soviet Union. Several years after his affair with Harris, Brown was still openly sponsoring Communist Party fundraisers in the Bay Area while serving as San Francisco mayor. Today, Brown is widely regarded as one of the Chinese Communist Party’s best friends in the Bay Area.”
During her tenure as San Francisco district attorney (2004-11), the number of prison terms per arrest in San Francisco were California’s lowest — ten times lower than the corresponding rate in San Diego County.
A few days after a San Francisco police officer named Isaac Espinoza was shot and killed by a gang member with an AK-47 assault rifle during a routine traffic stop in 2004, District Attorney Harris – who had campaigned for that office on a pledge that she would never pursue capital punishment for any criminal, because she considered it unjust and immoral – announced that she would not seek a death sentence for Officer Espinoza’s killer. When Espinoza’s family subsequently pleaded that she reconsider her position for this particular case, Harris said: “I approach the work of being a prosecutor as the responsibility to do justice. It’s not about the responsibility to lock people up for the maximum amount of time. It is the responsibility to make sure the criminal justice system has integrity.”
In the early 2000s, Harris’ Chief of Staff, Karine Jean-Pierre, was active with the New York-based Haiti Support Network, which worked closely with the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party and supported Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the far-left former president of Haiti. Jean-Pierre also worked on the re-election campaign of China-friendly New York City Council member James Sanders. In that role, Jean-Pierre collaborated with the notoriously corrupt community organization ACORN.
As San Francisco District Attorney in 2008, Harris filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller. She argued that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual’s right to own a gun.
During her tenure as San Francisco District Attorney, Harris mentored a young local activist named Lateefah Simon, who at that time was a board-of-directors member of the Oakland-based Youth Empowerment Center, whose other board members — Harmony Goldberg, Adam Gold, Cindy Wiesner, and Van Jones — were all, without exception, members of the Maoist organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM). Harris soon hired Simon, helped her get through college, and introduced her to many influential people in the Bay Area. Simon later went on to become: (a) president of the leftist Akonadi Foundation, and (b) a member of LeftRoots, an affiliate of America’s leading pro-China communist party, Liberation Road. Simon also became best friends with another LeftRoots member, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza.
In 2008, Harris was disturbed when California voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in that state. In December 2010, as she prepared to commence her tenure as California Attorney General, Harris announced that her AG office – in a departure from the custom whereby AGs traditionally defend state laws – would not defend Proposition 8 before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The reason for Harris’ refusal to defend Prop. 8, was that she personally disagreed with it. “It’s well within the authority vested in me as the elected attorney general to use the discretion of my office to make decisions about how we will use our resources and what issue we will weigh in on or not,” she said. When Proposition 8 eventually went before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, Harris stated: “I declined to defend Proposition 8 because it violates the Constitution. The Supreme Court has described marriage as a fundamental right 14 times since 1888. The time has come for this right to be afforded to every citizen.”
When the Supreme Court decided in June 2015 to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, Harris called it an “incredible day in history.” “California is validated. We are validated,” she said during a news conference in Sacramento. “Each day that one of those couples have to go without being able to have their marriage and their love legally recognized,” Harris added, “… is one day too long.” Harris also directed a message to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who dissented from the decision and depicted California as a cultural outlier. “Don’t hate the playa, hate the game,” said Harris.
In 2009, Harris announced that she would seek life imprisonment, rather than capital punishment, against El Salvadoran illegal alien Edwin Ramos, an MS-13 gang member who in 2008 had murdered a father and two of his sons (while critically wounding a third son) in a drive-by shooting. Ramos, mistaking the victims for gang rivals, killed them when they were returning home from a family picnic.
In 2010, Harris narrowly defeated Los Angeles County district attorney Steve Cooley, a moderate Republican. Her margin of victory was just 74,000 out of 8.8 million votes, or a margin of 0.8 percent. Cooley had been leading in her in most pre-election polls, and he actually declared victory on election night. But Harris eventually prevailed after all provisional and mail-in ballots were counted.
In 2011, pro-Israel legal experts affiliated with the AMCHA Initiative, the Israel Law Center, and the Global Frontier Justice Center petitioned then-Attorney General Harris to sue David Klein, a California State University at Northridge (CSUN) mathematics professor who was a member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and who served as the faculty adviser to CSUN’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. Specifically, the three pro-Israel groups charged that Klein was using his publicly funded, university-provided website to promote the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a pro-Hamas initiative, in violation of laws prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being used to finance non-business-related endeavors. But Harris rejected all efforts to persuade her to bring charges against Klein. When the pro-Israel groups tried again, in 2012, to push Harris to take action against the professor, Harris said there was insufficient evidence upon which to base a lawsuit. AMCHA co-founder and director Tammi Benjamin described Harris’ response to AMCHA’s overtures as “very curt and short.”
On December 4, 2012, Attorney General Harris issued a memo informing all the executives of California’s state and local law-enforcement agencies that they could “make their own decisions about whether to fulfill” Immigration & Customs Enforcement detainers – i.e., temporary holds that federal immigration authorities may place on municipal prisoners who are suspected of being eligible for deportation.
In early 2013, Harris was one of dozens of prominent leftists who urged President Barack Obama to award, posthumously, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the late Fred Ross Sr., a Saul Alinsky-trained radical who mentored both Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Among those who also exhorted Obama to honor Ross were: Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Kim Bobo, Heather Booth, Barbara Boxer, Michael Capuano, William Lacy Clay, Rosa Delauro, Maria Echaveste, Sam Farr, Diane Feinstein, Raúl Grijalva, Roger Hickey, Mike Honda, Mazie Hirono, Dolores Huerta, Benjamin Jealous, Barbara Lee, Alan Lowenthal, Ben Ray Lujan, Michelle Lujan-Grisham, Jim McGovern, Grace Napolitano, Nancy Pelosi, Frances Fox Piven, Charles Rangel, Robert Reich, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Jan Schakowsky, Martin Sheen, Albio Sires, Hilda Solis, Mark Takano, Juan Vargas, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Maxine Waters.
In 2014, Attorney General Harris refused to take a position either for or against Proposition 47, a ballot measure that would reduce several felony offenses to misdemeanors, and would thereby result in thousands of prisoners being released. Though Prop 47 was opposed by every professional law-enforcement organization in California, and by 55 of the state’s 58 county district attorneys, the measure was passed by voters.
In 2014 as well, Harris agreed to a settlement with Rodney Quine, a transgender prisoner who was serving a life sentence for murder without possibility of parole. The settlement — which came after Quine’s attorneys had argued that a denial of their client’s desire to change his genitalia would violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” — permitted the prisoner to undergo a costly sex-change operation at taxpayer expense. Harris called the settlement “an important step forward in the ongoing effort to protect transgender rights in California.”
In 2015 Harris chose not to enforce a provision of Proposition 83, a measure that California voters had passed overwhelmingly nine years earlier to prevent the state’s 6,000 paroled sex offenders from being allowed to live within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. After the passage of Prop 83, the California Supreme Court ruled that those residency restrictions — because of a shortage of “compliant housing” in San Diego County specifically — violated the constitutional rights of sex offenders who lived in that county. But the Court issued no ruling whatsoever on the legality of the restrictions in California’s 57 other counties. Nevertheless, Harris concluded that the restrictions were invalid in those counties as well —and then refused to explain her legal reasoning.
Harris again demonstrated her low regard for immigration law after an illegal alien named Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez – a convicted felon who had been previously deported from the United States on five separate occasions – was released from a San Francisco prison in April 2015 and subsequently murdered an innocent young woman named Kathryn Steinle. Harris said she supported Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s decision – which was made in accordance with the city’s sanctuary policies – to set Lopez-Sanchez free rather than turn him over to immigration authorities. “I trust and believe in the ability of local sheriffs to make a decision about what’s in the best interest of his or her community in terms of local safety,” said Harris to the San Francisco Chronicle. “What needs to be looked at is comprehensive immigration reform…. Immigration policy in our country has to be reformed, and it has to be based on the fact that we have 11 million undocumented in this country—and California has the largest numbers of undocumented, in excess of 2 million people. In California, one in two Californians was born outside the United States, or has a parent born outside the U.S.—including myself.”
On July 14, 2015, the Obama–Biden administration — along with the leaders of Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany — together finalized a nuclear agreement with Iran. Its official name was the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The key elements of the deal were the following:
Joe Biden took on the role of being the Obama administration’s leading public promoter of the Iran deal. He casually dismissed the concerns of critics who warned that the sunset clauses for key parts of the agreement would “pave Iran’s path to a bomb.” Those people, Biden said, simply “don’t get it, they’re wrong.”
Senator Harris characterized the deal as “the best available option for blocking Iran from developing nuclear weapons capability and to avoid potentially disastrous military conflict in the Middle East.”
In 2015 as well, Harris launched an investigation of journalist/anti-abortion activist David Daleiden, who had recently made headlines by releasing undercover videos demonstrating that Planned Parenthood routinely violated federal law by collecting and selling fetal tissue and body parts. As National Review reports: “The basis for investigating Daleiden was his appearing to have used a fake California driver’s license to hide his identity from Planned Parenthood, and the suspicion that he violated Planned Parenthood’s privacy. Those trivial allegations were enough for Harris to have eleven police officers raid Daleiden’s house, confiscate his computers and hard drives, some private documents, and all the yet-unreleased Planned Parenthood footage Daleiden had shot over two years. When Daleiden called his lawyer, Harris’ raiders tried to confiscate his phone too.”
In the winter of 2016, when Harris was still the attorney general of California, Mark Pulliam wrote in City Journal:
“One of the attorney general’s responsibilities is assigning a short name and description for proposed ballot initiatives, ahead of the signature-gathering process. The name and description are supposed to be accurate and unbiased. When citizen-driven initiatives have run counter to certain Democratic special interests, however, Harris has been willing to cast them in a negative light, to hamper their chances—as she did for a recent pension-reform initiative, sponsored by former San Jose mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio. The measure would have required voter approval for defined-benefit pension plans for future public employees, which drive up public costs by guaranteeing pension returns, regardless of market conditions. Harris issued a misleading description suggesting that the measure ‘eliminates constitutional protections’ for current employees, among them ‘those working in K–12 schools, higher education, hospitals, and police protection.’ Reed and DeMaio withdrew the measure rather than promote it under such a misleading description.
“Harris has used her authority over the initiative process to put her thumb on the scale in favor of Democratic Party interests, as well. In 2014, she sanitized the trial-lawyer-backed Proposition 46, a transparent attempt to remove the cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases put into place by the landmark Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975. Harris’ deceptive ballot description characterized the measure as requiring ‘drug and alcohol testing of doctors,’ but voters overwhelmingly rejected the ploy. Even liberal newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle criticized Harris’ manipulation of Prop. 46. ‘Voters should not be fooled by the title and summary put together by Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office that focuses on the testing as if it were the centerpiece of the measure,’ the paper editorialized. ‘It is not.’ […] The more conservative San Diego Union-Tribune accused Harris of ‘intentionally deceiving’ voters ‘by highlighting one of the fig leaves that trial lawyers attached to the measure to hide their real intent. It’s in keeping with her long history of using misleading ballot titles and summaries to help measures her allies like and hurt measures they don’t.’”
In the winter of 2016 as well, Mark Pulliam wrote in City Journal:
“Harris enthusiastically curries favor with labor unions. For example, her position [as attorney general] grants Harris broad authority to review and approve transactions involving nonprofit hospitals, and she has used that power to protect unionized employees at the expense of fiscal sanity. The nonprofit Daughters of Charity in Los Angeles County run six hospitals in low-income urban areas, including a well-trafficked trauma unit that handles the highest rate of gunshot and stab wounds in the county. With a largely uninsured clientele and high labor costs, the hospitals lose about $10 million a month and are headed for bankruptcy. The Daughters of Charity found a buyer for the hospitals: for-profit operator Prime Healthcare, which specializes in pulling troubled hospitals into the black. But hospital employees, represented by the powerful Service Employees International Union—which has endorsed Harris for the Senate—were unwilling to make concessions to Prime Healthcare. At SEIU’s behest, Harris imposed more than 300 conditions on the sale, requiring Prime Healthcare to continue all existing services for ten years, in order to protect union jobs. Prime officials complained that ‘the attorney general is telling Prime Healthcare to operate the hospitals exactly as [Daughters of Charity] has and expect different results.’ Prime Healthcare abandoned its $834 million bid but has filed suit against Harris, alleging that the conditions she imposed were a quid pro quo for SEIU’s financial support. […] On December 3, Harris put similar conditions on the proposed investment by Blue Mountain, which chose to proceed with a three-year option to purchase despite the conditions.
“In 2014, Harris and her union allies supported legislation (SB 1094) that would have made the A.G.’s authority over such transactions essentially unlimited, final, and unreviewable. The state legislature—beholden to organized labor—obligingly passed the law. Governor Brown vetoed the bill, explaining that the existing regulatory scheme—in place for “nearly two decades” and subject to judicial review—was working fine.”
In 2016, Harris ran for the U.S. Senate seat that was being vacated by the retiring Barbara Boxer.
On her campaign website, Harris pledged to “make the minimum wage a living wage and tie it to inflation”; support President Obama‘s “plan for making community colleges free”; support “expanding access to Head Start [and] Early Head Start, and creating national universal pre-kindergarten”; “make it a priority to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act,” legislation rooted in the premise that “women earn about 21 percent less than men”; strive to “en[d] [mass incarceration]” by “roll[ing] back draconian sentencing laws for nonviolent drug offenses”; “fight to end federal bans on student loans, food stamps, housing, and voting rights for ex-offenders”; “stop voter suppression” measures like Voter ID laws; and “expand early voting so everyone has ample opportunity to vote.” The website further stated that “everyone should have access to public education, public health, and public safety regardless of their immigration status”; that Harris would “fight for comprehensive immigration reform that creates a fair pathway to citizenship” for America’s “11 million undocumented immigrants”; that she would “protect President Obama’s immigration executive actions,” which shielded several million illegals from deportation; and that the U.S. had a duty to “responsibly resettle refugees” from war-torn, terrorism-infested nations around the world.
Around the time that California Attorney General Harris decided to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, she declared that the paperwork which conservative organizations like the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP) had been filing for years in California was insufficient, and she demanded that those groups provide the state’s government with lists of their major donors. But her initiative failed, as National Review Online reports: “AFP convinced the federal district court that Harris’ request served no legitimate purpose and was part of a political campaign by Democrats against conservative organizations. It demonstrated, among other things, that government agencies had ‘systematically failed to maintain the confidentiality of Schedule B forms’ containing donor information and other financial data.”
Harris’ campaign website featured a petition to “protect” Planned Parenthood and “the important work it does.” Over the course of the 2016 election cycle, Planned Parenthood and its affiliates and employees contributed at least $30,000 to the Harris campaign. Other pro-abortion groups and their affiliates donated at least $50,000 more to Harris.
In 2016 as well, Harris was one of seventeen Attorneys General (16 Democrats and 1 Independent) who joined “AGs United for Clean Power” (AGUCP), a group launched by former Vice President Al Gore. AGUCP’s objective was to file criminal fraud charges against fossil-fuel companies (and their supporters) that failed to explicitly endorse the notion that greenhouse-gas emissions associated with human industrial activity are chiefly responsible for potentially catastrophic “climate change.” Harris and New York AG Eric Schneiderman, for instance, initiated separate investigations into ExxonMobil for allegedly funding research that questioned the veracity of anthropogenic climate-change orthodoxy — and for purportedly concealing the truth about climate change from their shareholders and the general public. That same year, Harris’ Senate campaign website vowed that Harris, if elected, would “stand up to the climate-change deniers and fight to pass national climate-change legislation that promotes innovation like establishing a carbon tax or creating a cap-and-trade market for carbon pollution.”
In response to presidential candidate Donald Trump’s criticism of illegal immigration, Harris in August 2016 tweeted that “an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.”
Harris defeated Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez by a margin of 23 percentage points in a June 2016 Democratic primary race, and subsequently became a U.S. Senator when she ran unopposed by any Republican in the November general election.
Over the years, Harris has cultivated a close political and ideological kinship with California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, whose federal campaign committee, Citizens for Waters (CfW), since 2006 has accepted fees from political candidates wishing to be featured in CfW mailers and to gain Waters’ endorsement. In 2010, Harris paid $28,000 to Waters’ campaign committee in order to appear on the CfW mailers during her bid for the post of California Attorney General. And when Harris ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016, she gave CfW another $30,000 in order to appear on the mailers.
After Donald Trump’s election as president in 2016, Harris became an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo movement against workplace sexual harassment. But on December 30, 2016, as Harris was preparing to transition from California Attorney General to U.S. Senator, Danielle Hartley — who since 2011 had served as executive assistant to Larry Wallace, director of the Division of Law Enforcement at Harris’ California Department of Justice — filed a lawsuit alleging that she (Hartley) had long been “harassed and demeaned” by Wallace “due to her gender.” The suit claimed that: (a) Wallace kept his printer on the floor beneath his desk and ordered Hartley, on a daily basis, to crawl there to replace the paper or ink, frequently in full view of other male executives from the division; (b) Wallace had taken away Hartley’s “meaningful tasks” and instead placed her in charge of running his personal errands; (c) after Hartley eventually informed her supervisor, Shannon Patterson, of the harassment, she began to experience various forms of retaliation by Wallace; and (d) Hartley suffered from panic attacks and depression as a result of the mistreatment to which she was subjected.
Hartley’s harassment and retaliation lawsuit was settled for $400,000 on May 16, 2017 by Xavier Becerra, who was appointed to replace Kamala Harris as California’s Attorney General. By that time, Wallace was working as a senior advisor to Harris in the senator’s Sacramento office.
When the Sacramento Bee asked Harris in December 2018 about the $400,000 settlement, she claimed not to have known anything about the harassment while it was occurring.
In a series of tweets which she posted on January 27, 2017 — International Holocaust Memorial Day — Harris compared Jews escaping Nazi genocide during the Third Reich, to modern-day Muslims from terrorism-connected countries in the Middle East seeking refuge in the United States. She also used the occasion to condemn President Donald Trump’s then-recent executive order declaring a temporary moratorium on travel to the U.S. by people from a small handful of such terror-tied nations. (NOTE: Harris chose not to mention the fact that the residents of those same countries had likewise been subjected to travel restrictions by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.) Tweeted Harris:
When President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court in March 2017, Harris tweet: “Judge Gorsuch has consistently valued legalisms over real lives. I won’t support his nomination.” As the American Thinker pointed out: “'[L]egalisms’ (a.k.a. what the law actually says) are the very basis of the rule of law. When [Harris] touts ‘real lives,’ [and] not the law, as the proper basis for SCOTUS rulings, she openly endorses a political system based on favoritism, not the rule of law.”
When President Trump in June 2017 announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, Harris said that Trump’s “disastrous decision” would have “catastrophic repercussions for our planet’s future,” and would “threate[n] the world our children and children’s children will live in.”
In October 2017, Harris said the following about the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): “The council has strived to improve understanding about Islam, and move toward a future in which we welcome people of all faiths and nationalities into our neighborhoods and our schools, as well as our hearts and our minds.”
In September 2018, Harris wrote a letter of support to CAIR on the occasion of the organization’s 24th anniversary. Said the letter: “As you celebrate this milestone, please accept my gratitude and admiration for your tireless work to promote peace, justice, and mutual understanding. For nearly a quarter century, CAIR has worked diligently to dismantle Islamophobic rhetoric, mobilize the American Muslim community, and encourage civic engagement…. In the face of intolerant and exclusionary policies, CAIR has steadfastly defended the Constitutional rights of American Muslims … Today, as we continue to promote tolerance and eliminate hate in our society, CAIR’s work remains as important as it was the day of its founding in 1994.”
On January 30, 2018, Harris was one of several Democrats who brought illegal aliens as their guests to President Trump’s State of the Union address. Harris’ guest was Denea Joseph, communications coordinator for the UndocuBlack Network, an advocacy group for black illegal aliens. “Dreamers like Denea represent the best of who we are as a nation,” said Harris. “Her commitment to the representation and empowerment of black immigrant communities is inspiring. We must continue to fight to give her and the hundreds of thousands of other young people like her who are living in fear, the security they need to live up to their full potential.”
At a Netroots Nation conference in August 2018, Harris charged that critics of “identity politics” were employing that term to disparage the notion that issues of race, gender and sexual orientation were worthy of public concern. “I have a problem, guys, with that phrase, ‘identity politics,’” said the senator. “Because let’s be clear, when people say that, it’s a pejorative. That phrase is used to divide, and it is used to distract. Its purpose is to minimize and marginalize issues that impact all of us. It is used to try and shut us up…. These issues that they’re trying to diminish and demean are the very issues that will define our identity as Americans.” “We’ve all heard how critical black women were to Doug Jones’ victory,” Harris said of the Democrat who had won a 2017 special election to determine who would fill the U.S. Senate seat recently vacated by Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama). “But that didn’t just magically happen. It happened because black women have been putting in the work, going door to door, organizing even when the cameras were focused elsewhere.”
During the February 24, 2019 airing of MSNBC’s AM Joy, host Joy Reid asked Harris if, during her presidential campaign, it “would it be difficult for you to advocate race-based policy.” In her response, Harris said:
“I want to talk about the issue of identity politics, Joy. This term identity politics, people will use that term — it’s like people used to talk about the race card. They bring this term up when you talk about issues that are about race, about sexual orientation, about religion. They’ll bring it up when we are talking about civil rights issues as a way to marginalize the issue, as a way to frankly try to silence you or shut you up. We need to call it what it is, which is to try and divert away from a conversation that needs to happen in America. Why? One, because we must speak truth. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism are all real in this country, so we need to have that conversation and address it. Two, and this is equally important, how America deals with the issues and the disparities, and also the hate that can be — that causes these issues to become lethal in proportion — how America deals with these issues is a matter of American identity. This is not about identity politics, and if it is, it’s about the identity of the United States of America. How we handle the issues will be about our collective identity.”
On October 29, 2018, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a non-partisan ethics watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against Senator Harris and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Said the FACT complaint: “Senators Warren and Harris both sent campaign fundraising emails before the Senate vote on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Specifically, the campaign emails both stated Senators Warren and Harris’ official role and positions on the ongoing confirmation hearing and then made direct requests for campaign donations with ‘DONATE NOW’ and ‘CONTRIBUTE’ buttons. Senate ethics laws prohibit candidates from using the promise of official action or legislative work in a direct ask for campaign cash.” “This is a clear violation of the Senate Ethics rules which safeguard against the appearance or actuality of elected officials ‘cashing in’ on their official position for political purposes,” said FACT executive director Kendra Arnold.
In November 2018, Harris asked Ronald Vitiello, whom President Trump had nominated to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, if he believed that the public’s perception of ICE was creating fear and distrust in a manner similar to how the KKK had done in the 20th century. “Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels …?” asked Harris. At that point, Vitiello interjected: “I do not see any parallels. That puts ICE in the same category as the KKK….” A moment later, Harris asked: “Are you aware that there is a perception that ICE is administering its power in a way that is causing fear and intimidation, particularly among immigrants and specifically among immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America?”
In December 2018, Harris joined fellow senator Mazie Hirono in challenging President Trump’s nomination of Brian Buescher to the U.S. District Court for Nebraska — because the judge belonged to the Knights Of Columbus (KOC), the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, which the two lawmakers characterized as an “extreme” entity. The senators’ bone of contention was the fact that KOC affirms traditional Catholic teaching on issues such as marriage, sexuality, and abortion. Both senators pressured Buescher to resign from KOC. In a Senate hearing, Harris asked the nominee: “Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?”
As columnist Kevin D. Williamson noted in the New York Post: “[T]he Constitution explicitly forbids imposing any religious test for public office, which is what Sens. Harris and Hirono here propose to do for the federal judiciary. The second and related issue is that it is not the Knights of Columbus that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage, but the Catholic Church. If a KOC member is ineligible to serve on the federal bench because of the beliefs of that organization, then every Catholic in the United States — and the world, for that matter, all 1.2 billion of them — is ineligible for similar office, since they belong to a much larger and much more prominent organization that is the source of those ‘extreme positions’.”
On January 21, 2019, Harris announced that she was launching a campaign for the presidential election of 2020. Six days later, she kicked off her campaign with a speech before thousands of supporters in Oakland, California. Early in her talk, Harris asserted that: (a) “our criminal justice system [is] deeply flawed” and needs to become “more fair”; (b) “middle class families” had been “defrauded” by “wealthy bankers” whose “arrogance of power” enabled them to “accus[e] innocent homeowners of fault, as if Wall Street’s mess was of the people’s making”; (c) President Trump’s proposed border wall was nothing more than a “medieval vanity project” that would do nothing to protect Americans; and (d) “our Dreamers [illegal aliens who first arrived in the U.S. as minors] … came by the thousands … because they believe in our democracy and the only country they’ve ever known as home.”
As she continued her speech, Harris recited a series of declarations purporting to describe how the policies of the Trump administration were ruining the United States. Some excerpts:
Harris subsequently enumerated a series of unflattering “truths” about American life. Among them were the following:
After laying out her description of a nation where racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and all manner of hatred and intolerance were ubiquitous, Harris proceeded to condemn the “powerful forces trying to sow hate and division among us.” After that, she laid out the top agenda items of her campaign. Among the most noteworthy:
Harris’ campaign website said:
“As president, Kamala will fight to pass immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people living in our communities and contributing to our economy. While she wages that fight, she will immediately reinstate DACA and implement DAPA to protect DREAMers and their parents from deportation. She will also restore and expand Temporary Protected Status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who would face war or catastrophe if forced to return home.”
“Kamala also believes we must fundamentally overhaul our immigration enforcement policies and practices—they are cruel and out of control. As president, she’ll close private immigrant detention centers, increase oversight of agencies like Customs and Border Protection, and focus enforcement on increasing public safety, not on tearing apart immigrant families…. It’s why she’ll reverse President Trump’s Muslim Ban on Day One and fix the family visa backlog…. She understands that for many immigrant families, leaving home and arriving at our Southern border is not a choice. That’s why she will ensure those fleeing persecution have a full and fair opportunity to make their claim, aggressively pursue a foreign policy focused on stabilizing Central America where conditions have forced families to flee, and increase funding for processing centers and child welfare workers.”
Vowing to expand the number of people covered by DACA from about 700,000 to approximately 6 million, Harris said: “These young people are just as American as I am, and they deserve a president who will fight for them from day one.”
Regarding the construction of a wall along the southern U.S. border, Harris said: “Let’s get this straight: Billions of dollars for a border wall is a waste of money. American taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for the President’s vanity project. We simply don’t need it.”
Healthcare & Abortion
During her campaign, Harris announced a Medicare for All plan that promised to cover comprehensive abortion services for all women, and to establish a list of politically conservative states that would be required to get approval from the Department of Justice before they would be permitted to pass any pro-life legislation into law. As Vox.com explains: “Under Harris’s proposal, states whose abortion-related laws have recently been struck down by courts for violating Roe v. Wade would have to obtain federal approval from the Justice Department before they’re able to implement any new abortion laws. It’s similar to a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required states that had implemented discriminatory voting practices in the past to get Justice Department clearance to enforce additional laws.… Harris’s plan … would establish a list of states that aren’t able to impose abortion-related laws without Justice Department approval. Any state that’s demonstrated a pattern of violating Roe in the past 25 years would be on this list…. In states like South Carolina, Iowa, Georgia, and Mississippi, federal judges have already ruled that laws approved by state legislatures contradict Roe. Such decisions would land these states on a ‘preclearance’ list.”
Advocating the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which since 1976 had barred the use of public money to fund abortions, Harris said that “no woman’s access to reproductive health care should be based on how much money she has.”
When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Harris whether she supported granting taxpayer-funded benefits “to people who are in this country illegally,” she responded: “Let me just be very clear about this. I am opposed to any policy that would deny in our country any human being from access to public safety, public education or public health, period.”
In a June 2019 Democratic presidential primary debate, co-moderator Savannah Guthrie asked the candidates to raise their hand if their healthcare plan would cover “undocumented immigrants.” Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Marianne Williamson, John Hickenlooper, and Eric Swalwell all raised their hands.
Energy and Environmental Issues
Harris’ campaign website said:
“My plan sets out a bold target to exceed the Paris Agreement climate goals and achieve a clean economy by 2045, investing $10 trillion in public and private funding to meet the initial 10-year mobilization necessary to stave off the worst climate impacts. It modernizes our transportation, energy, and water infrastructure. It accelerates the spread of electric vehicles, solar panels, and wind turbines. And it makes big investments in battery storage, climate-smart agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and the innovative technologies that will build our carbon-free future. By 2030, we will run on 100 percent carbon-neutral electricity, all new buses, heavy-duty vehicles, and vehicle fleets will be zero-emission. All new buildings will be carbon-neutral…. We will transition our public lands from producing the fossil fuels that represent 24 percent of national emissions to carbon sinks.”
Green New Deal
In an October 2018 campaign appearance, Democrat congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made reference to a “Green New Deal” that would aim to make the U.S. 100 percent reliant on renewable energy sources (wind, water, solar) by the year 2035. Joe Biden appointed Ocasio-Cortez to co-chair his presidential campaign task force on climate change along with John Kerry.
The Green New Deal would strive to eliminate all fossil fuels from the U.S. electric grid by 2030, thereby forcing Americans to use much more expensive and much less reliable energy sources such as wind and solar, neither of which is capable of fulfilling more than a tiny fraction of America’s energy needs. The plan would also mandate trillions of dollars in public expenditures on government-approved “upgrades” and “retrofits” to make existing homes and businesses more “energy efficient” — and would impose zero-carbon standards for all new building construction.
In addition to environmental and energy matters, the Green New Deal would “build on FDR’s second bill of rights by guaranteeing” a number of major benefits:
Noting that “none of these proposals has anything at all to do with climate change,” Heartland Institute president Tim Huelskamp describes the Green New Deal as “the most radical socialist proposal in modern congressional history.” In a Washington Post interview in July 2019, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief-of-staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, candidly acknowledged that the Green New Deal had not been devised to protect the environment, but rather to implement socialism. “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” he said, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all. Do you guys [reporters] think of it as a climate thing? Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”
While Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Green New Deal in the U.S. House, Democrat Senator Ed Markey introduced a Senate version of the bill. By March 14, 2019, eleven U.S. Senators and ninety U.S. House Members — all Democrats (except “Independent” Bernie Sanders) — had officially signed on as co-sponsors of the Green New Deal. Among those 101 individuals were 2020 presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and Bernie Sanders. In March 2019, Harris said: “I’m a proud co-sponsor of Senator Markey’s Green New Deal resolution.”
Economy & Taxes
Harris’ campaign website said:
“When the bankers who crashed our economy get bonuses but the workers who brought our country back are barely getting by, it’s clear: Our economy isn’t working for working people. Kamala believes we need to fight for working families — to increase paychecks, decrease the cost of living, and combat sexism, racism, and corporate favoritism in our economy to ensure every American gets a fair shot.
“That’s why Kamala’s first priority as president will be to give working and middle class families an overdue income boost. Under her plan, she’ll reverse President Trump’s trillion-dollar tax cut for big corporations and the top 1% and use that money to give a tax credit of up to $6,000 to working families each year. That’s just the start. To raise wages, Kamala will fight to empower unions, make a $15 minimum wage the national floor, and create stricter penalties for companies that cheat their workers…. She’ll pass her Rent Relief Act to provide a tax credit for people spending 30 percent or more of their income on rent and utilities. She’ll increase the federal government’s investment in child care to ensure working families don’t pay more than 7 percent of their income on care. And she’ll crack down on pharmaceutical companies that price-gouge while empowering the government to negotiate down the price of prescription drugs. As president, she’ll mandate equal pay for women, promote policies that build wealth in communities of color, and crack down on corporations that exploit vulnerable Americans for profit.”
Condemning President Trump for enacting “irresponsible, sugar-high tax cuts,” Joe Biden called it “pure selfishness” for anyone to object to paying higher taxes that would help pay for government programs benefiting low-income minorities. “When I’m president,” said Biden, “… we’re going to reverse those Trump tax cuts.” “Eliminating just a few of the [Trump] tax cuts” would be inadequate, he claimed. “I’m going to eliminate most all of them.” During the 2020 vice presidential debate, Kamala Harris said: “On day one, Joe Biden will repeal that [Trump] tax bill. He’ll get rid of it.” Similarly, at an October 30, 2020 campaign stop in Texas, Harris said to a cheering audience: “I promise you this — as a first order of business, Joe Biden and I are about to work to get rid of that tax cut.”
Charter schools often serve as outstanding alternatives to failing, substandard public schools — particularly in poor urban areas. They operate as schools of choice and are exempt from many state or local regulations related to operation and management. School voucher programs allow low-income, mostly-minority parents to take the taxpayer money that is normally allocated for their child’s education in a failing, substandard public school, and to use it instead to cover the cost of tuition at a private school of their choice. Harris — in accord with the official Democrat Party position, opposes both charter schools and voucher programs. For example, she said she was “particularly concerned with [opposed to] expansions of for-profit charter schools,” and she criticized President Trump’s campaign promise to, as Harris put it, “divert public school funding to private school vouchers.”
Harris promised that if she and Biden were elected, they would make both a two- and four-year college education tuition-free for students from families earning less than $125,000 per year. She also pledged that “for those students who come out [of college] and have jobs that pay less than $125,000, student-loan debt will also be forgiven.”
Harris’ campaign website said: “If Congress fails to send comprehensive gun safety legislation to Harris’ desk within her first 100 days as president – including universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and the repeal of the NRA’s corporate gun manufacturer and dealer immunity bill – she will take executive action to keep our kids and communities safe.”
Her website also included the following policy proposals: “Mandate near-universal background checks by requiring anyone who sells five or more guns per year to run a background check on all gun sales. Revoke the licenses of gun manufacturers and dealers that break the law and take the most egregious offenders to court—regardless of whether they’re protected by the Protection of Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)…. Ban AR-15-style assault weapons from being imported into the United States. In addition to enacting universal background checks, renewing the assault weapons ban, and repealing the PLCAA, Harris will fight to make gun trafficking a federal crime, ban high capacity magazines, and prohibit those convicted of a federal hate crime from buying guns.”
As a district attorney in 2008, Harris filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller. She argued that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual’s right to own a gun.
Harris’ campaign website said that Harris would: “End mass incarceration and invest resources into … community-based programs that reduce crime.”
When Republican Attorney General Bill Barr stated in 2020 that “I don’t agree that there is systemic racism in police departments generally in this country,” Harris said: “I think that Donald Trump and Bill Barr are spending full time in a different reality. The reality of America today is, what we have seen over generations and frankly since our inception, which is we do have two systems of justice in America.”
Harris believes that practicing Catholics who take seriously the doctrines of their faith are fundamentally unfit for office. Consider, for example, how she treated Nebraska District Judge nominee Brian Buescher during his November 2018 Senate confirmation hearing. Harris emphasized the significance of Buescher’s 25-year association with the Knights of Columbus (KOC), a charity organization that embraces Catholic doctrines stipulating that abortion is “a crime against human life,” and that marriage is a sacred union that should only involve one man and one woman. In a written question to Buescher, Harris asked: “In 2016, Carl Anderson, leader of the Knights of Columbus, described abortion as ‘a legal regime that has resulted in more than 40 million deaths.’ Mr. Anderson later said ‘abortion is the killing of the innocent on a massive scale.’ Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?” Harris also questioned whether Buescher was “aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed marriage equality when [he] joined the organization” and whether he had “ever, in any way, assisted with or contributed to advocacy against women’s reproductive rights.”
During her tenure as California’s attorney general (2011-16), Harris refused to defend the California state law — which Californians themselves had voted for in 2008 — defining marriage strictly as a relationship between one man and one woman. “Adding insult to injury,” notes Tyler O’Neil in PJ Media, “Harris rushed to officiate the first same-sex marriage after a court struck down the will of the people.”
Harris favored the reinstatement of an Obama-era healthcare regulation that dated back to August 1, 2011 – nearly 17 months after the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had been signed into law – when then-Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced a new mandate that required all Obamacare-compliant insurance plans to cover at least one form of female birth control, including sterilization. This mandate was unacceptable to many individuals and businesses whose moral and religious beliefs did not permit them to fund or participate in such insurance plans. Such was the case with Hobby Lobby, an arts-and-crafts store chain owned by devout Christians who are openly dedicated to “honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.” Thus, Hobby Lobby asked HHS if, because of its religious convictions, it could be exempt from the Obamacare mandate.
As the attorney general of California, Harris in 2014 filed an amicus brief exhorting the Supreme Court to refuse a request in which Hobby Lobby asked if, because of its religious convictions, it could be exempt from the aforementioned Obamacare mandate. Asserting that “every American deserves access to quality, comprehensive healthcare,” Harris argued that “a woman’s access to essential services, including contraception, should not be restricted because of the religious views of her employer—particularly when the right to these services is protected under federal law.” The Supreme Court eventually sided with Hobby Lobby and struck down the Obamacare mandate in 2014.
Religious Liberty & The Equality Act
In January 2019, Harris tweeted: “Passing the Equality Act won’t only end discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity, it’s a pivotal part in ending homophobia and transphobia and moving our culture forward to be more inclusive and respectful.”
The Equality Act was designed to force employers and workers to either accept and abide by leftwing dogma regarding marriage, sexuality, and gender, or lose their businesses and jobs. The most widely publicized example of what the Equality Act sought to achieve involved Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who declined to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding and was subsequently sued by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. As the Alliance Defending Freedom explains: “In an exchange lasting about 30 seconds, Phillips politely declined, explaining that he would gladly make them any other type of baked item they wanted, but that he could not design a cake promoting a same-sex ceremony because of his faith.” Phillips’ case eventually went all the way to the Supreme Court.
When the Trump Justice Department in September 2017 sided with Jack Phillips, Harris tweeted: “Shame on the Justice Department for siding with discrimination. It has no place in our society.”
In June 2018, the Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling which held that although a baker is a business person who serves the general public and thus “might have his right to the free exercise of his religion limited by generally applicable laws,” the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s complaint was objectionable because the Commission itself had exhibited hostility towards Mr. Phillips’ religious views.
As the Heritage Foundation points out: “Other cases involving disagreement over the meaning of marriage feature florists, bakers, photographers, wedding venue owners, videographers, web designers, calligraphers, and public servants.”
The Equality Act would also politicize the medical profession by forcing hospitals and insurers to provide, and pay for, various gender-reassignment surgeries and therapies against any moral or medical objections they might have. Such abominations are already occurring. Catholic hospitals in California and New Jersey have been sued for refusing to perform hysterectomies on physically healthy women who said that they wished to transition themselves to male. Similarly, a Catholic hospital in Washington was sued by the ACLU for refusing to perform a double mastectomy on a sixteen-year-old girl with gender dysphoria.
The Equality Act also calls for the banning of all sex-specific sports teams and sex-specific facilities such as bathrooms and locker rooms. Neither schools nor charities would be exempt from this mandate.
The Equality Act would cause grievous harm to faith-based charities and the populations they serve. Indeed, state and local laws regulating sexual-orientation and gender-identity issues have forced faith-based adoption and foster care agencies in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia to permanently close their doors – all for the purported transgression of promoting the “discriminatory” belief that wherever possible, children should be placed in a home with both a female mother and a male father.
Religious Liberty & The “Do No Harm” Act
In February 2019, Harris introduced the Do No Harm Act in the U.S. Senate, to counter the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993 and similar legislation in approximately 20 U.S. states. As Kenneth Craycraft writes in First Things: “The purpose of RFRA was to … carve out exemptions from generally applicable laws for some religious practices that are fundamental to religious belief. For example, a RFRA law might protect a church from another law that prohibits consideration of sexual orientation for employment, promotion, or retention. Or it might protect a physician who participates in public health reimbursement programs from a law requiring such physicians to perform a broad scope of so-called healthcare services, such as abortion.”
On the website introducing the Do No Harm Act to the American public, Harris explained that the bill’s overriding objective was to prevent RFRA laws from “being used to deny” such things as “healthcare access,… coverage or services to which persons are otherwise legally entitled,” or “services that the government has contracted to be beneficiaries through a government . . . grant.”
In making her case for the Do No Harm Act, Harris defined “religious freedom” very narrowly as “the freedom to worship,” as guaranteed by the First Amendment. But as Craycraft points out:
“‘The freedom to worship’ is not a ‘First Amendment guarantee.’ The First Amendment guarantees the ‘free exercise’ of religion, which has a much more expansive scope than mere ‘worship.’ The free exercise clause of the First Amendment provides that ‘Congress shall make no law . . . prohibiting the free exercise of’ religion. Harris misquotes the clause, changing ‘free exercise’ to ‘freedom to worship,’ betraying a definition of religious practice that would remove it from any meaningful legislative or political protection. In doing so, she turns the free exercise clause on its head, driving religious faith to the margins of public life and religious exercise out of public life altogether. In Harris’s tendentious reading, ‘free exercise’ of religion means ‘freedom to worship,’ and nothing more. If the doors of the church are not locked and guarded, or if you are not prevented from praying in your home, you have the full range of ‘the First Amendment guarantee,’ and you are guaranteed nothing more.… Free exercise of religion equals private prayer or conviction, and nothing else.”
Harris’ campaign website said:
“As president, Kamala will invest in new technology to fortify America’s critical infrastructure, including by passing her Secure Elections Act to protect against foreign interference in our democracy. She’ll immediately re-enter the Paris Agreement and make climate cooperation a key diplomatic priority for the United States. And she’ll confront white supremacy by re-establishing the Domestic Terror Intelligence Unit and reversing President Trump’s cuts to programs designed to combat white nationalism. As president, she’ll end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and protracted military engagements in places like Syria…. She’ll continue her unshakable support for Israel and work towards a two-State solution so that Palestinians and Israelis can govern themselves in security, dignity, and peace. She’ll stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but without isolating the United States diplomatically and risking an unnecessary war.”
According to Harris: “The reality is that the life of a black person in America has never been treated as fully human… It’s no wonder people are taking to the streets [to protest]. And I support them.”
At a February 2019 campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Harris said she was in favor of doing away with Columbus Day and replacing it with Indigenous People’s Day. She told the crowd that “we are the scene of a crime when it comes to what we did with slavery and Jim Crow and institutionalized racism in this country, and we have to be honest about that.”
In January 2019, Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee introduced legislation designed to address, by means of reparations payments, the “lingering negative effects of slavery on living African Americans and society.” The bill had 125 co-sponsors, all Democrats. Harris, for her part, said “we need to study the effects of generations of discrimination and institutional racism and determine what can be done, in terms of intervention, to correct course.”
Notwithstanding activist Al Sharpton‘s long history as a highly prominent racist, black supremacist, and Jew-hater, Harris in July 2019 lauded him as a “friend” who “has spent his life fighting for what’s right.”
For details about Harris’s support for Black Lives Matter, scroll down to the section titled “Supporting Black Lives Matter & the George Floyd Riots.”
Harris stated that she is “open to the discussion” of abolishing the Electoral College. “There’s no question that the popular vote has been diminished in terms of making the final decision about who’s the president of the United States and we need to deal with that,” she said, “so I’m open to the discussion.”
During an October 2018 public forum, Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that if Democrats could gain control of Congress and the White House, they should “pack the Supreme Court of the United States of America.” “Packing” the Court would entail increasing the number of Justices — from 9 to perhaps 13 or 15 — with all the additions being activists who could be counted upon to rule in favor of Democrat agenda items. The issue gained additional traction in October 2020, when Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett for a seat on the Supreme Court.
During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden repeatedly refused to give his opinion on Court-packing: “You’ll know my opinion on Court-packing when the election is over,” he told reporters in October 2020.
During an interview on MSNBC, Senator Kamala Harris stated that she supported Biden’s position “1,000 percent” in refusing to say whether he supported expanding the Supreme Court. Said Harris: “Joe’s been very clear that he is going to pay attention to the fact — and I’m with him on this 1,000 percent — pay attention to the fact that right now … people are voting. They’re voting…. People will be voting up until Election Day, and they have a right, in an election, to elect their next president, who then will make the decision about who will be the nominee.”
But in 2019, Harris had said the following about the possibility of packing the Court: “We are on the verge of a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court. We have to take this challenge head on, and everything is on the table to do that.”
On January 29, 2019, Harris reacted with instant, horrified outrage when media outlets nationwide reported that Empire television actor Jussie Smollett, an openly gay African American, was claiming that he had just been victimized by a hate crime perpetrated by two white men who had assaulted him, poured bleach on him, draped a rope around his neck, and shouted “This is MAGA country,” along with a variety of anti-black and anti-gay slurs. Upon hearing this story, Harris tweeted: “@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.”
On February 14, 2019, Harris and fellow Senators Cory Booker and Tim Scott (a black Republican) asked for unanimous consent on the Senate floor to pass the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, legislation that would criminalize lynching for the first time in U.S. history. The motion was passed.
Less than three weeks after Smollett had first reported the alleged attack against him, it was clear that the actor’s tale was a fabrication, and that he himself had orchestrated the entire incident in order to gain publicity and to discredit President Trump and his supporters. When a reporter asked Harris to comment on the matter on February 18, she replied: “Okay, so I will say this about that case. I think the facts are still unfolding and I’m very concerned about obviously, the initial, um, allegation that he made about what might have happened. And it’s something we should all take seriously whenever anyone, um, alleges that kind of behavior, but there should be an investigation. And I think that once the investigation has concluded then we can all comment, but I’m not going to comment until I know the outcome of the investigation.”
On February 21, Smollett was charged with a felony for having filed a false police report. That day, Harris tweeted: “Like most of you, I’ve seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I’m sad, frustrated and disappointed. When anyone makes false claims to police, it not only diverts resources away from serious investigations but it makes it more difficult for other victims of crime to come forward. At the same time, hate crimes are on the rise in America…. Part of the tragedy of this situation is that it distracts from that truth, and has been seized by some who would like to dismiss and downplay the very real problems that we must address. We should not allow that. I will always condemn racism and homophobia. We must always confront hate directly, and we must always seek justice. That is what I will keep fighting for.”
In a February 11, 2019 interview on The Breakfast Club, a New York City-based radio program, Harris was asked to comment on rumors that she opposed the legalization of marijuana. “That’s not true, she replied, laughing. “Look, I joke about it, I have joked about it. Half my family is from Jamaica, are you kidding me?” Harris, who acknowledged having smoked marijuana in college, was also asked whether she would smoke it again if the federal government were to legalize the drug’s recreational use. She laughed and replied: “Listen, I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy.” Harris was also asked, “What [music] was you listening to when you was high? What was on? What song was on? Snoop [Dogg]?” The senator quickly responded, “Oh yeah, definitely Snoop. Uh, Tupac for sure.” Fox News subsequently reported that Harris was either not accurately identifying: (a) what music she had been listening to, or (b) what year she had smoked marijuana:
“Harris graduated from Howard University in 1986 and was finished with law school by 1989. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990. Snoop Dogg’s debut album ‘Doggystyle’ was released in 1993. Snoop made music prior to his first album … [in 1992, but that was] … years after Harris finished school. As for Tupac, his first album ‘2Pacalypse Now’ was released in 1991. The rap legend also recorded music as part of the group Digital Underground, but it was also released in the early 1990s after Harris finished school.”
In the aftermath of Harris’ interview, her father, Stanford University economics professor Donald Harris, said in a statement to Jamaica Global Online: “My dear departed grandmothers … as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
In September 2019, Harris reacted vocally after The New York Times printed an article about a newly published book about Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s 2018 Supreme Court nominee. The Times piece – written by the book’s authors, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly – noted that the book – titled The Education of Brett Kavanaugh – discussed allegations in which a woman named Deborah Ramirez, who had been a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh more than 30 years earlier, claimed that a drunken Kavanaugh had once exposed his penis to her during a campus party. The article further reported that another “former classmate,” Max Stier, claimed to have personally witnessed the incident in question. But the article never mentioned Stier’s deep ties to the Democratic Party – most notably, he had worked for President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, while Kavanaugh was a member of special prosecutor Kenneth Starr’s investigative team which looked into Clinton’s misconduct in office. Nor did the article mention that Ramirez had refused to be interviewed about the alleged incident; that all three of the friends whom she had identified as witnesses steadfastly maintained that it never occurred; and that all three friends had stated that not even Ramirez herself could recall the incident. Despite the paucity of evidence against Kavanaugh, Harris said: “He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached.”
On December 3, 2019, Harris ended her bid for the presidency amid declining poll numbers and reports of turmoil within her campaign. Characterizing her departure from the race as “one of the hardest decisions of my life,” she lamented that her campaign “simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.” “I’m not a billionaire,” Harris added. “I can’t fund my own campaign.”
During a February 21, 2019 Comedy Central interview, Harris praised the Black Lives Matter movement for its “incredible” and “smart” activism in demanding change to an American criminal-justice system replete with “bias” and “systemic racism.” “One of the benefits that I believe the system received and that helped me do the work that I was able to accomplish [as a former prosecutor] was because of the incredible activism and smart activism of folks, like the folks who were Black Lives Matter. The folks who were involved on the outside who were saying and demanding that the system would change, demanding and marching and advocating.”
A number of U.S. cities were overrun by violent riots following the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd, a black man who, shortly after having ingested more than triple a fatal dose of fentanyl, died in the aftermath of physical abuse by a white police officer in Minneapolis. On June 2, Harris delivered a speech in which she emphasized her belief that America always has been, and still is, a racist nation. Some excerpts:
“In the last couple of days, I’ve been saying America is raw right now. Her wounds are exposed. The reality of it is that the life of a Black person in America historically, and even recently with Mr. Floyd, has never been treated as fully human. And it is time that we come to terms with the fact that America has never fully addressed the systemic racism that has existed in our country. That’s just a fact. And so, the people protesting on the street are protesting understanding that we have yet to fulfill that promise of equal justice under the law. And there is a pain that is present that is being expressed in their constitutional right to march and to shout. […]
“And I can say, with full certainty that it is time that the leaders in this United States Senate, in this United States Congress, take action to reform a criminal justice system that for far too long, has been informed by systemic racism and by racial bias. It is time that we say that bad cops are bad for good cops. It is time that we say that one should not be subjected to the indignity of being told to get on your knees and put your hands behind your head, simply because you are walking while Black. And it happens every day in America. There’s not a black man I know, be he a relative, a friend, or a coworker, or colleague, who has not been the subject of some form of racial discrimination at the hands of law enforcement, not one I know.
“And I’m talking about people at every level of life, including people who graduated, Harvard and Stanford and you name it. And the only thing that is common among them is that the color of their skin is black. That’s why the people are marching in the streets. […]
“This is happening at a moment in time, where we have a so called commander in chief, who also has the title of President of the United States, who I promise you will never speak the words Black Lives Matter. Well, they do.”
On June 4, Cosmopolitan magazine published an opinion piece written by Harris, in which she again discussed what she views as the intransigent scourge of American racism. Some excerpts:
“This week, something historic happened. Thousands of people from every walk of life, every state across the country, came together. Many felt feelings of anger, sadness, fear, and hopelessness following George Floyd’s killing. But we all felt the urgency for change. Change in the name of George Floyd. Change in the name of Ahmaud Arbery. Change in the name of Breonna Taylor. And change in the name of the countless other Black Americans who have died at the hands of hatred and racism.
“This past weekend, I joined thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C. as we marched through the streets to demand justice for George Floyd. As I stood among the sea of people gathered outside the White House, I was overcome with emotion. I reflected on the fact that from the moment a Black woman gives birth to a child and holds her baby’s fragile body in her hand, she fears that that body could be viewed as a threat and that someone may try to do harm to her child….
“Let’s speak the truth: People are protesting because Black people have been treated as less than human in America. Because our country has never fully addressed the systemic racism that has plagued our country since its earliest days. It is the duty of every American to fix. No longer can some wait on the sidelines, hoping for incremental change. In times like this, silence is complicity. It will take each of us to confront the injustices that continue to perpetuate a broken system that has taken countless Black Americans’ lives. It will take people of every race, creed, and gender identity to speak up and to act. Now is the time to have those uncomfortable conversations about racism with family, friends, and neighbors. It’s time to have honest discussions about our country’s dark history of discrimination and confront the fact that structural racism lives on in our policies and everyday life. And it’s time for all of us—not just some—to speak out against racism.”
On June 5, Harris was angered when President Trump said the following about George Floyd: “Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement, regardless of race, color, gender, or creed. They have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement. We all saw what happened last week. We can’t let that happen.” In response to Trump, Harris tweeted: “@realDonaldTrump, keep George Floyd’s name out of your mouth until you can say Black Lives Matter.”
In a June 17, 2020 appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Harris stated that the nationwide Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests that had erupted following the death of George Floyd would, and should, continue indefinitely. Said Harris:
“They’re not going to stop. This is a movement, I’m telling you. They’re not going to stop and everyone beware, because they’re not going to stop. They’re not going to stop before Election Day in November, and they’re not going to stop after Election Day. Everyone should take note of that on both levels. They’re not going to let up and they should not and we should not…. The only way we are going to truly achieve change is when there are people in the system who are willing or pushing to do it and when there are those of us who are outside the system demanding it. I am very clear that some of the success we have been able to achieve around criminal justice reform would not have happened in recent years without Black Lives Matter.”
In August 2020, Senator Harris, who had just been named as Joe Biden‘s vice presidential running mate, said, in a reference to the influence that BLM and its allies were having on America: “[W]e’re experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience to the streets of our country, demanding change.”
During an August 2020 interview with The 19th, a Texas-based news organization, Harris said: “Black women pay attention to the issue issues. Black women are motivated to vote for the people who represent their priorities and their needs. And so when you look at everything that relates to what we’ve discussed in terms of childcare when you look at what we’re talking about in terms of jobs, health care when you look at what we need to do to address racial and not only disparities in terms of the healthcare system and in terms of the economy and education system, we need to speak about systemic racism, and when you have one ticket that can say the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ and another who has been full-time sowing hate and division in our country, those are the things that are going to motivate black women to vote. a point in pride about a black woman being on the ticket, it takes more than just that to motivate black women to vote.”
With regard to the ongoing protests against alleged police brutality and “systemic racism,” Harris said on August 27, 2020: “The reality is that the life of a black person in America has never been treated as fully human. We have yet to fulfill that promise of equal justice under the law. It’s no wonder people are taking to the streets. And I support them. We must always defend peaceful protests and peaceful protesters. We should not confuse them with those looting and committing acts of violence, including the shooter who was arrested for murder.”
In a September 2020 interview during the NAACP’s national convention (which was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic), Harris praised the “brilliance” and “impact” of what she characterized as BLM’s very “necessary” protests. Said the senator: “Nothing that we have achieved that has been about progress, in particular around civil rights, has come without a fight, and so I always am going to interpret these protests as an essential component of evolution in our country — as an essential component or mark of a real democracy…. I actually believe that ‘Black Lives Matter’ has been the most significant agent for change within the criminal justice system.”
Harris publicly supported the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), which made bail payments on behalf of people who were arrested for their participation in the George Floyd riots in Minneapolis and were awaiting trial — just as it had been making bail payments for all manner of misdemeanants and felons since 2016. In June 2020, the senator tweeted: “If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.” Thanks in part to Harris’ endorsement, MFF received more than $35 million in donations.
Moreover, at least 13 staff members of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign made personal donations to the fund.
One of MFF’s many noteworthy beneficiaries was 29-year-old Thomas Moseley, on whose behalf the organization posted $5,000 in August 2020 after he had been arrested for gun possession and property damage (to a police precinct). When Moseley was subsequently arrested and charged with Riot in the Second Degree on December 31, 2020, MFF again secured his release, this time posting $60,000 bail. Moseley was arrested again on January 27, 2021 — for fifth-degree possession of controlled substances — marijuana, cocaine and psilocyn mushrooms — while also in possession of a firearm.
Another MFF beneficiary was 36-year-old Timothy Wayne Columbus, who was arrested in the summer of 2020 for a crime unrelated to the rioting in Minneapolis. Specifically, he was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for having vaginally penetrated an 8-year-old girl in 2015. MFF covered Columbus’ $75,000 bail.
On June 11, 2020, Harris joined other Democrats as well as a number of media outlets in declaring that President Trump’s plans for future campaign rallies in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jacksonville, Florida, were racist — simply because of the locations chosen, and the dates for which the rallies were scheduled. For example, Harris was vexed by the Trump campaign’s announcement that it would hold its first rally in Tulsa on June 19 — occasionally known as “Juneteenth,” the anniversary of the day when freed slaves in Texas were first read the Emancipation Proclamation. In the senator’s calculus, Trump’s choice of that date was a deliberate provocation: “This isn’t just a wink to white supremacists—he’s throwing them a welcome home party,” she tweeted. Democrats and journalists also claimed that the choice of Tulsa as the site of the rally was racist, because in 1921 that city had been the scene of deadly race riots by local whites. Critics likewise objected to a Trump rally scheduled for Jacksonville on August 27, noting that it would coincide with the 60th anniversary of a Ku Klux Klan attack against black activists in that city.
Harris’ voting record made her the farthest-left member of the U.S. Senate in 2019.
For an overview of Harris’ voting record on a variety of key issues, click here.
On August 11, 2020, Harris was announced as former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate for the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
On November 1, 2020 — two days before election day — Harris posted (on Twitter) a video animation that she narrated, and in which she said: explaining the difference between “equality” and “equity” and concluding that “equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place.” The video showed illustrations of a white man and a black man each preparing to climb a mountain; the white man had access to a rope that helped him get started, while his black counterpart did not. Meanwhile, Harris recited her narration: “So there’s a big difference between equality and equity. Equality suggests, ‘Oh everyone should get the same amount.’ The problem with that, not everybody [sic] startin’ out from the same place. So if we’re all gettin’ the same amount, but you started out back there and I started out over here — we could get the same amount, but you [you are] still going to be that far back behind me. It’s about giving people the resources and the support they need so that everyone can be on equal footing and then compete on equal footing. Equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place.”
In October 2020, Elle magazine published an interview with Harris that said: “[Harris] remembers being wheeled through an Oakland, California, civil rights march in a stroller with no straps with her parents and her uncle. At some point, she fell from the stroller (few safety regulations existed for children’s equipment back then), and the adults, caught up in the rapture of protest, just kept on marching. By the time they noticed little Kamala was gone and doubled back, she was understandably upset. ‘My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,’ Harris says, ‘and she’s like, Baby, what do you want? What do you need? And I just looked at her and I said, Fweedom.’” Harris also told this same story in a televised C-SPAN-2 interview.
As Breitbart News noted, Harris’t story bore a striking resemblance to a January 1965 Playboy interview with Martin Luther King, Jr., in which he recalled, “I never will forget a moment in Birmingham when a white policeman accosted a little Negro girl, seven or eight years old, who was walking in a demonstration with her mother. ‘What do you want?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked him straight in the eye and answered, ‘Fee-dom.’”
In a presidential election that was marred by enormous amounts of fraud and a host of unconstitutional changes to state election laws, the Biden-Harris ticket won the election of November 2020. Kamala Harris was now Vice President of the United States.
In December 2020, Harris made a video in which she wished Americans a happy Kwanzaa holiday and shared, in particular, her personal memories of celebrating Kwanzaa with her family as a child. Said Harris: “Happy holidays, everyone. I wanted to take a moment to send my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating Kwanzaa. Like so many other holidays, we [the Harris family] will be celebrating Kwanzaa a little differently this season, in our home. We’ll be doing it over Zoom [because of the coronavirus pandemic that was still actively infecting many people]. You know, my sister and I, we grew up celebrating Kwanzaa. Every year, our family, and our extended family, we would gather around, across multiple generations, and we’d tell stories […] and we would light the candles, and of course afterwards we would have a beautiful meal. And of course there was always a discussion of the seven principles [of Kwanzaa]. […]”
Harris did not mention that the seven principles of Kwanzaa mirrored precisely the principles that were embraced by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a pro-Marxist, revolutionary terrorist organization of the 1970s. Nor did she mention that the founder of Kwanzaa was Maulana Karenga, a Marxist activist, black nationalist, and Black Power militant who in 1971 was arrested for brutally assaulting and torturing two women.
Vis-a-vis Harris’ claim that she had celebrated Kwanzaa from her youngest days as a child, podcaster Michael Knowles, in response to the video, pointed out that during Harris’ youth: “[Kwanzaa] was only celebrated, or even recognized, in Black Power circles … like the Black Power movement, the Black Panthers. Something tells me that Kamala Harris was not running in those circles, with her Indian mother and her Jamaican father, a Jamaican father who has called his daughter a liar before.”
On March 19, 2021 , Harris and President Biden traveled to Atlanta to show solidarity with the city’s Asian American community, in the aftermath of an incident where a white man had shot and killed six local Asian women as well as two white people. Though there was no evidence that the shootings had been racially motivated, Harris said in a speech at Emory University: said: “Racism is real in America and it has always been. Xenophobia is real in America and always has been. Sexism, too.” She also suggested that former President Trump was to blame for an alleged spike in anti-Asian crimes that had occurred in the U.S. during 2020: “For the last year, we’ve had people in positions of incredible power scapegoating Asian Americans, people with the biggest pulpits, spreading this kind of hate.”
On March 24, 2021, President Biden announced that he was appointing Vice President Harris to lead the government’s efforts to stem the massive flow of illegal migrants who had been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border since the very start of the Biden presidency. A senior administration official said that Harris’ duties would focus on “two tracks”: (a) slowing the current flow of migrants, and (b) devising a long-term strategy to address the “root causes” of the migration.
But Harris subsequently did nothing to indicate that she was serious about the border duties she ostensibly had been assigned. She did not visit the southern border even once until June 25, 2021 — ninety-three days after her March 24 appointment by Biden. That visit came after more than 50 House Republicans demanded on June 20 that Biden replace Harris because she had done nothing to secure the wide-open border. Also on June 20 — before Harris had made any plans to go to the border — former President Donald Trump announced that he himself would be making an official visit to the border on June 30 along with Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
In an April 27, 2021 video conference call with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Harris stated that violence against minority groups in Central America was a “root cause” of the migration flood that was overwhelming the U.S. southern border. She said:
“There are also longstanding issues that are often called the ‘root causes’ of immigration. We are looking at the issue of poverty and the lack, therefore, of economic opportunities; the issue of extreme weather conditions and the lack of climate adaptation; as well as corruption and the lack of good governance; and violence against women, Indigenous people, LGBTQ people, and Afro-descendants.”
Harris then explained that in order to address these problems as well as the border crisis, the U.S. would work to improve living conditions for Guatemala: “We want to work with you to address both the acute causes as well as the root causes in a way that will bring hope to the people of Guatemala that there will be an opportunity for them if they stay at home.”
Speaking at the Washington Conference on the Americas in early May 2021, Vice President Harris said that while people in Central America were leaving their countries “at an alarming rate” and trying to come to the U.S., “people in the region do not want to leave their homes,” and that they were leaving “only when they feel they must.” Such migrants, added Harris, were motivated mainly by a loss of hope in the possibility that living conditions would improve in their homelands. “So we want to help,” she said. “Our administration wants to help. We want to pick back up the kind of work President Joe Biden started when he was vice president. We want to help people find hope at home. And so we are focused on addressing both the acute factors and the root causes of migration. And I believe this is an important distinction. We must focus on both. First: the acute factors. The catastrophes, that are causing people to leave right now. The hurricanes, the drought, and the extreme food insecurity. And then there are the long standing issues. The root causes: And I’m thinking of corruption, violence, and poverty, the lack of economic opportunity, the lack of climate adaptation and climate resilience, the lack of good governance.”
Among the key problems in the region, Harris elaborated, were: “violence in the Northern Triangle, violence against Afro-descendants, violence against indigenous people, violence against LGBTQ people, violence against young people, violence against women.” She pledged that the U.S. would: (a) seek to provide “alternatives to gang recruitment”; (b) “deliver food, shelter, water and sanitation;” and (c) “work with [women farmers especially] to plant drought resilient crops” as a means of combating the effects of droughts.
On July 12, 2021, at least 51 of the 67 Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives fled their state and flew to Washington, D.C., so as to deny Republicans the quorum needed to pass new voter-integrity laws to which the Democrats objected. Harris praised those Democrats, saying: “I applaud them standing for the rights of all Americans and all Texans to express their voice through their vote, unencumbered.” “I will say that they are leaders who are marching in the path that so many others before did when they fought and many died for our right to vote,” the vice president added.
During the week of September 19, 2021 – by which time more than 14,000 Haitians had recently gathered under a bridge on the banks of the Rio Grande in hopes of gaining approval for asylum in the U.S. — the media were abuzz with accusations claiming that Border Patrol agents were using whips to prevent those Haitians from illegally entering the United States. Specifically, the controversy was sparked by photographs of agents mounted on horseback attempting to corral incoming migrants. Some photos showed the agents twirling their reins to coax the horses in certain directions. Many critics misidentified the reins as whips that were being used to harm and degrade the migrants.
Paul Ratje, the photographer responsible for the images in question, said that neither he nor any of his colleagues had seen Border Patrol agents whipping anyone. “Some of the Haitian men started running, trying to go around the horses, and that’s when the whole thing happened,” Ratje explained. “I never saw them whip anyone. The agent was swinging the reins that to some can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the pictures.”
Rowdy Ballard — who, prior to retiring, had spent 17 years on horseback for the Border Patrol and had served 6 years as the horse coordinator for Del Rio, Texas — told Fox News: “We all have the same message: we don’t carry whips.” Explaining that the Border Patrol does not train its agents to whip illegal migrants, and that those agents hardly ever place their hands on people “unless they’re not compliant,” Ballard said on America’s Newsroom: “It was a tense situation. The horses were a little reluctant to do the job that the agents were asking… twirling the reins was just another tool they used to get the horses to do what they’re asking.”
Notwithstanding the fact that the “whipping” claims were entirely false, the Biden Administration quickly announced that: (a) horse patrols at the border would be immediately suspended pending further investigation of the charges, and (b) the specific agents in the aforementioned photos would remain on administrative duty while the probe was being conducted. Biden’s announcement prompted Rowdy Ballard to say: “The horse is a great tool we’ve used [at the Border Patrol] for almost 100 years now. And with that going, it’s going to be harder to patrol that area.”
Vice President Harris said she was “outraged” by the “horrible and deeply troubling” images shown in the photos. “Human beings should not be treated that way,” she elaborated, “and as we all know, it also evoked images of some of the worst moments of our history where that kind of behavior has been used against the indigenous people of our country, has been used against African Americans during times of slavery.”
At the National Congress of American Indians’ 78th Annual Convention on October 12, 2021 — the day after Columbus Day — Harris delivered a virtual address in which she said: “Since 1934, every October, the United States has recognized the voyage of the European explorers who first landed on the shores of the Americas. But that is not the whole story. That has never been the whole story. Those explorers ushered in a wave of devastation for Tribal nations — perpetrating violence, stealing land, and spreading disease. We must not shy away from this shameful past, and we must shed light on it and do everything we can to address the impact of the past on Native communities today.” Lamenting that “Native Americans are more likely to live in poverty, to be unemployed, and often struggle to get quality healthcare and to find affordable housing,” Harris claimed that President Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar “Build Back Better” agenda, if passed into law, would have “a significant [positive] impact on Indian Country.”
In October 2021, Harris appeared in a video clearly endorsing Democrat Terry McAuliffe to be elected as Virginia’s next governor in the upcoming November 2 gubernatorial race. The video was played in hundreds of black churches, in violation of the Johnson Amendment — a 1954 statute named for its principal sponsor, then-Senator Lyndon Johnson — which explicitly prohibits tax-exempt churches from engaging in the direct or indirect promotion of any political candidate’s bid for election to public office.
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