On Tuesday, August 11th, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) was announced as Joe Biden’s running mate for the 2020 Presidential Election.
As the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, @KamalaHarris grew up believing in the promise of America because she saw it firsthand.
Together, Kamala and I are going to fight every single day in the White House to make sure that promise is fulfilled for all Americans.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 12, 2020
As many throughout the country celebrate this significant and historic moment, many other Americans are quick to remind everyone of Harris’ controversial history in regards to criminal justice reform.
Kamala Harris is not a good candidate from a black lives matter perspective.
1. She opposed criminal justice reform.
2. She fought to uphold wrongful convictions.
3. She prosecuted poor parents whose children were not always in school.
4. She declined to support prop 47. pic.twitter.com/qytb1zLlXp
— King of Leon. (@MightiJamie) August 12, 2020
In July 2019’s debate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) voiced her grave concerns over Harris’ prosecutorial record and completely slammed her for allegedly jailing over 1,500 people for marijuana use, and then laughed when she admitted smoking it herself.
“Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record.”
In referencing Harris’ appearance on the Breakfast Club, where she laughed about smoking a joint in her youth,
“There are too many examples to cite, but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she every smoked marijuana.”
Harris continued to face lingering questions on her tough stances as a federal prosecutor and back in 2010, she opposed an initiative to legalize marijuana. However, in 2015, she evolved and called for the decriminalization of marijuana.
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) August 1, 2019
After attacking Harris about her marijuana prosecutions, Gabbard added about Harris:
“She blocked that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so and she kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California and she fought to keep the cash-bail system in place.”
— ABC News (@abcnews) August 12, 2020
“That impacts people in the worst kind of way.”
https://t.co/2jhEZpXFXq Umm, this says different. Her run ended after this debate.
— Winosmike (@winosmike) August 12, 2020
Over the last year, since the 2019 summer debate, Harris has shifted her positions in an attempt to position herself as a strong advocate for criminal justice reform. She has done this despite her previously held position against marijuana, which led to her prosecuting over 1,500 people for marijuana-related offenses.
According to reports, back in September 2019, Harris released her own sweeping criminal justice reform plan, which promised to facilitate loans to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in the marijuana industry, and the plan also called for the end of mass incarceration.
In addition, her plan called for ending federal mandatory minimum sentences, terminating the death penalty and solitary confinement, along with the phasing out of for-profit prisons and cash bail.
“So it is past time to end the failed war on drugs and it begins with legalizing marijuana. Marijuana arrests account for over 50 percent of all drug arrests.”
Her criminal justice reform plan was billed as a re-envisioning of public safety in America, which would also end sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine offenses, and legalize marijuana at the federal level.
Kamala Harris is the biggest slap in the face to anyone who is serious about criminal justice reform. This proves once and for all that Joe Biden doesn't care about minorities or justice. He hasn't changed since the 90s. Not even a little.
— Libertarian Redhead ? (@LibertarianRed1) August 11, 2020
Criticism of Harris’ prosecutorial background has followed her since she first announced her candidacy, and coming to a climax during the second Democratic debate when Gabbard laid into her about her controversial prosecutorial record.
After the second Democratic debate, former Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK) said that Gabbard did an “excellent job” in exposing that Harris is a “hollow candidate.”
Tulsi did an excellent job exposing the reality that Kamala is a hollow candidate, a candidate with an atrocious prosecutorial record and a newcomer to progressivism. Another careerist who only wants power. Thank you, Tulsi.#DemDebates2
— Gravel Institute (@GravelInstitute) August 1, 2019
According to Biden’s criminal justice reform, there are several core principles with one of them focusing on making a just system by rooting out the racial, gender, and income-based disparities currently present in the system.
Biden also has an official, “Plan for Black America,” which includes decriminalizing the use of cannabis and “automatically” expunging all prior cannabis use convictions. With Harris as his running mate, it seems he is hoping Harris will assist his campaign by bringing more minority voters into the fold.
With racial issues as well as policing and criminal justice reform being thrust as primary initiatives ahead of the election, there is a great chance her controversial prosecutorial background will emerge in the forefront as her and Biden fight in becoming the next President and Vice President of the United States.
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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about Harris and her track record:
Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Kamala Harris (D-California), who is fresh off the recent debate in which Congresswoman and Army Major Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) took her to the woodshed, is now accusing President Trump of terrorizing his political detractors with immigration raids by the Department of Homeland Security and said his actions have petrified innocent families.
“This administration has directed DHS to conduct these raids as part of what I believe is this administration’s campaign of terror,” she said on “Meet the Press.” “To make whole populations of people afraid to go to work. Children are afraid to go to school for fear that when they come home, their parents won’t be there.”
Here is the problem with that.
Harris, like many of those she is running against, either doesn’t understand, or simply does not care that these families are not so innocent. Every single person apprehended in this raid was picked up for one reason, they are not in the country legally.
As such, they have broken laws. This renders them unable to adopt the “innocent” tag that Harris has provided them.
The Senator also commented on what drives Trump voters and said most of them voted for the president because of promises he made, but that he’s failed to deliver on (more on this shortly).
“Here’s the thing. There are people who voted for him for a variety of reasons,” she said during the interview. “And a lot of it had to do with the promises he made, which he has not delivered on because they were false promises. And he betrayed a lot of people. He came in saying he was going to help working families. Everyone from farmers to auto workers.”
Trump defended the DHS raids to reporters outside the White House on Friday and called them a “very good deterrent” to illegal immigration.
“I want people to know that if they come into the United States illegally, they’re getting out. They’re going to be brought out. And this serves as a very good deterrent,” the President said.
According to Fox News, the operation was carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Wednesday and resulted in the detention of 680 illegal immigrants. Agents targeted a food processing plant in Mississippi and swarmed the facility with federal search warrants in hand.
“The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout our great country,” U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a statement. “I commend these federal agents, our state and local law enforcement partners, and our federal prosecutors for their professionalism and dedication to ensure that those who violate our laws are held accountable.”
Nearly half of the detainees were released back out onto the streets the following day, however, on humanitarian grounds.
Not so fast, Senator. I must take exception to your ‘promises’ statement. Here is why. Like him or not, President Trump has kept the bulk of his campaign promises.
The ones he hasn’t kept; he is attempting to uphold his word. He has run into opposition, either from across the aisle, or from members of his own party.
Let’s look at some of those campaign promises made (and kept or still pushing) by then Candidate Trump. Many of the things on this list are why people voted for him. This is not an exhaustive list, but it catches many of the primary ones (in no particular order):
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Campaign Promise 1: To replace Antonin Scalia with a like-minded justice from a list of 20.
Trump replaced Antonin Scalia with Neil Gorsuch, an incredibly qualified and Constitution-abiding Justice. But the President didn’t stop there, as he also nominated Brett Kavanaugh, seeing him sworn in after a contentious confirmation process.
Campaign Promise 2: To suspend immigration from terror-prone countries.
Trump attempted on more than one occasion to enact a Travel Ban that is 100% CONSTITUTIONAL AND covered seven “countries of concern” outlined by the Obama Administration. This has been blocked by an extremely liberal Hawaiian judge who was appointed by Obama.
Campaign Promise 3: To defund and crack down on sanctuary cities.
The President has tried to implement a crackdown on sanctuary cities, threatening to defund them. Again, this is being blocked by judges.
Campaign Promise 4: To revive the Keystone Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline.
The revival of the Dakota and Keystone XL Pipelines creating American jobs.
Campaign Promise 5: To pull the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an Obama-era trade deal that many believed to be detrimental to the US.
Done. Trump removed the US signature from the partnership.
Campaign Promise 6: To empower women.
Trump has signed an Executive Order promoting women in STEM jobs. He has also launched a Council empowering female leaders and female entrepreneurs
Campaign Promise 7: To renegotiate or pull out of NAFTA.
The President and his administration were able to renegotiate the trade deal, making it much more advantageous for the US. It is now the USMCA.
Campaign Promise 8: To crackdown on illegal immigration and to build a wall.
Trump has implemented a huge crackdown on illegal immigration, and he has started building miles and miles of the wall. Recently, his administration had a massive win after the courts ruled that he could in fact, legally and Constitutionally redirect money from the DOD to build the wall on out Southern Border.
Campaign Promise 9: To bolster our depleted military.
Trump has successfully increased our military budget and has directed the DOD to strengthen our fighting forces. He also went to work on repealing the Obama-era inclusion of transgendered service members.
Campaign Promise 10: To revitalize the dying coal industry in the US.
He has enacted Joint Resolution 38 putting thousands of coal miners back to work.
Campaign Promise 11: To create American jobs and bring companies back to America, or as I like to call it, “The Magic Wand” Act.
His administration has a net increase of nearly 5 million jobs since taking office on January 2017.
Campaign Promise 12: Pushing NATO allies to pay their fair share or face the reality of the US possibly leaving.
Trump has continued to put pressure on the members of NATO to pay their fair share, rather than the US contributing the bulk of the finances, resources and manpower.
Campaign Promise 13: To enact a hiring freeze on government employees to help stop corruption.
The President enacted a hiring freeze to all federal employees, cutting down on the over-bloated bureaucracy
Campaign Promise 14: To re-establish our leadership in space exploration.
Trump signed a Bill allowing NASA funding, including an exploration to Mars
Campaign Promise 15: The repeal and replacement of Obamacare.
Trump eliminated the individual mandate tax (penalty) for choosing not to carry health insurance.
Campaign Promise 16: To rid the world of ISIS.
The Islamic State has all but been erased from the map. What used to be ISIS strongholds are no longer such.
Campaign Promise 17: To not take a salary as President.
Here is where he has donated that salary thus far.
- First quarter, 2017: National Park Service (for battlefield maintenance)
- Second quarter, 2017: Department of Education (for a camp for students focused on science, technology, engineering and math)
- Third quarter, 2017: Department of Health and Human Services (for combating the opioid crisis)
- Fourth quarter, 2017: Department of Transportation (for programs improving the nation’s infrastructure)
- First quarter, 2018: Department of Veterans Affairs (for caregiver programs)
- Second quarter, 2018: Small Business Administration (for a veteran’s program)
- Third quarter, 2018: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Fourth quarter, 2018: Department of Homeland Security
- First quarter, 2019: Department of Agriculture
Campaign Promise 18: To reform the VA and make it easier for Vets to get more healthcare opportunities.
He signed a Bill expanding the ability for veterans to seek healthcare outside of the broken VA system. He also created the Accountability Office at the VA, making it incredibly easy to oust incompetent VA employees.
Campaign Promise 19: To create much needed tax reform.
Trump has laid out an extremely concise, yet effective Tax Reform Plan to lower taxes for Americans and end things like inheritance tax, and to cut corporate tax rates down to 15%
Campaign Promise 20: To fix our country’s incredibly broken education system
He has signed an Executive Order giving the power of our country’s education back to state and local authorities.
And lest we forget, he has met with North Korea, pulled the US out of the horrible Iran nuclear deal, and removed our signature from the Paris Climate Agreement. He has emboldened states to go after Planned Parenthood and make the most sweeping changes to the abortion laws since Roe vs. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in January of 1973.
We have seen record-breaking numbers in the stock exchange. The economy continues to grow.
This administration has made great strides in criminal justice and prison reform.
We now have unemployment levels at all-time lows.
He has overcome false accusations of racism, corruption, collusion and obstruction of justice.
He has appointed an Attorney General who is finally looking into the Hillary Clinton campaign and her role in the Steele Dossier and Fusin GPS.
We have a President who stands proudly behind the flag of our country and is not afraid to call those out who despise our country and our flag.
So, no Senator Harris, the man has kept his promises. Despite a Democratic party that is more concerned with beating Trump than they are with acting in the best interest of the country and the very constituents who put them in office, he is moving forward, one victory at a time.
And he is proving so many Americans right for having voted him into office.
You could take a lesson from the President.