Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has been attempting to rehabilitate her record as a progressive while running for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2020, but her tough-on-crime inclinations can still be seen in her rhetoric.
Harris told the NAACP Convention’s presidential candidate forum on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s intervention into the case of A$AP Rocky, who was recently locked up in Sweden on assault charges, is an abuse of his presidential authority.
“As president, how would you handle the A$AP Rocky case in Sweden?” moderator April Ryan asked Harris. “How will you use your power to make sure misuse of power doesn’t happen in cases like this, and that this case would stay in the State Department and not go to the White House?”
“There’s no question that this White House is, has been playing politics with his role of leadership, and it has to end. This president, I just want to back up for a second, so you know I have fought predators,” Harris responded before launching into a series of attacks against Trump.
“So you’re saying this is another piece on the rap sheet of Donald Trump, this misuse of power in the A$AP Rocky case?” Ryan asked in a follow-up question to Harris.
“Yes,” Harris replied.
Later on, Harris attempted to recite song lyrics from the late James Brown in order to win over the audience and prove her authenticity.
“All right, say it loud,” Ryan said to Harris.
“Yes,” Harris said again, then adding, “And I’m black and I’m proud!”
“Wait say that again, I didn’t hear you. What did you say?” Ryan asked.
“Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud!” Harris responded.
While Harris may be black and proud, she was once very proud of her record of throwing black people into jail for long periods of time as she made her name as a tough-on-crime prosecutor and attorney general.
“Remember, “non-violent” does not mean “unimportant.” It’s important to fight all crime. Drug crimes in particular exact a terrible toll and rob people young and old of hope,” Harris wrote in “Smart on Crime,” her book that was published in 2009.
“And remember that many of these offenders are small players in the underground business of drug sales and trafficking, and therefore are closely linked with gangs, violence, and gun crimes,” she continued.
“We are sending three times as many offenders to state prison than we were in 2001, three years before I took office,” Harris wrote about her time as San Francisco attorney general. “We also increased conviction rates for drug sellers.”
President Trump passed criminal justice reform in his first term while being committed to helping African-Americans like A$AP Rocky and LiAngelo Ball when they are abused by foreign governments. Trump is helping to undo the damage caused by heavy-handed bureaucrats like Harris, who have fed the prison-industrial complex to fuel their own political ambitions.
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