Just when we may have thought Kamala Harris‘ hammer-and-anvil approach to identity politics couldn’t get worse, she has proven us wrong.
“It is a fact Russia interfered in the election of the president of the United States,” the California senator said Friday.
But Harris, among the Democrats’ countless carousel of 2020 presidential hopefuls, was only getting started. Her speech wouldn’t reach its crescendo until she mentioned her favorite subject: skin color.
While speaking in Indianapolis at the National Urban League Conference, she asserted Russian operatives decided to divide America based on race.
The senator said they “started figuring out well, how can we get those people, the Americans, going at each other, losing confidence in the system?”
“You know the No. 1 thing that attracted heat? Race,” she said. “And so, through a misinformation campaign, they played off of and exposed America’s Achilles heel. …
“Well guess what? All of a sudden the issue of race has become not only a civil rights issue, [but also] a national security issue.”
Let there be no doubt, Harris is convinced that focusing on race and gender will carry her into the Oval Office. (Her ex-lover and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown doesn’t think she has a prayer against President Donald Trump in 2020.)
While it’s one thing to claim Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is a national security issue, it’s an entirely different tale when you say the same thing about race. Then again, as RealClearPolitics reported, then-President Barack Obama downplayed the impact of outside interference impacting the 2016 election and said Trump should “stop whining” because “no serious person” thinks U.S. elections could be rigged.
Harris is becoming known for floating unconventional theories, such as when she told a radio show that the Colin Kaepernick controversy — involving the ex-NFL quarterback who protested during the national anthem — was due to Russian bots.
During Tuesday and Wednesday’s Democratic debates in Detroit, we can be sure Harris will bring up race. That’s how she curried favor in the previous showdown, when she insinuated former Vice President Joe Biden is racist, as USA Today reported.
Naturally, Harris’ supporters and undecided registered voters are catching on to her race-card rhetoric.
The California lawmaker has positioned herself as a legitimate 2020 contender and could surge in the polls later this week.
As is the case with the congresswomen comprising “the squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib — Harris will continue her confrontational and abrasive antics.
In turn, the Harris campaign and Democratic debates figure to include an altogether lower level of discourse. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
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