Speaking to The Des Moines Register, California senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris attacked President Trump for the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, snapping that he didn’t pull the trigger “but he’s sure been tweeting out the ammunition.”
Harris stated, “You have to speak truth about it. To be sure, this issue of white supremacists or racism or anti-Semitism or homophobia or transphobia or Islamophobia … they are very real.”
Harris bragged, “I know. I, as a prosecutor, prosecuted hate crimes. As the attorney general of California, where I ran the second largest department of justice in the United States, I, on an annual basis, published the hate crimes report, so I will tell you, this stuff is not new in our country.”
Then she turned to Trump:
It certainly predates the election of Donald Trump but it has also increased under Donald Trump. And, you know, he's been fueling the flames of hate and I've said recently, you know, on the issue of El Paso, you know, when people ask me is he responsible for those killings, well, no, I mean he obviously didn't pull the trigger, but he's sure been tweeting out the ammunition.
And so, how do we deal with it? Let's take it to the point of how we're going to actually address it and work towards solving the problem. There are a number of things that we have to do. One is we have to speak truth about the history. Two, we have to say collectively as a people that whenever and wherever that hate presents itself, that we will all speak out and speak up.
We also have to agree as a society that whoever is the target of that hate should never be made to fight alone. And then you have to deal with, to your point, systemic racism. It is real.
Harris ignored her own contribution to stoking the flames of the racial divide. In January, after actor Jussie Smollett insisted that he had been attacked by two white men, Harris leaped into action, tweeting, “.@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.”
After evidence surfaced that Smollett might have paid two Nigerian brothers to pull off an elaborate hate crime hoax, Harris was asked by a reporter whether her feelings had changed about the tweet. She responded, “Which tweet? What tweet? … Um ... I ... I ... Okay, so I will say this about that case, the facts are still unfolding, and, um, I’m very, um, 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.”