Kamala Harris Just Couldn’t Keep Her Mouth Shut

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Her biggest mistake yet…

During an outdoor town hall, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was questioned by a Londonerry, New Hampshire resident. Harris was asked what she intends to do to “diminish President Trump’s mentally retarded behavior.”

Harris laughed and answered as the crowd cheered and applauded: “Well said. Well said. I plan to win this election, I’ll tell you that.”

Harris was heavily criticized. Kendally Brown, a self-described “disabled healthcare advocate” posted a video on Twitter and wrote:

During a rally, a voter referred to Trump’s actions as “mentally retarded”, prompting @KamalaHarris to laugh and say, “well said, well said.” I hate amplifying content I know the right will seize on and twist for their own hypocritical gain, but this hurts my heart. #CripTheVote

Using “retarded” as a slur and an insult is never, EVER “well said”, @KamalaHarris, no matter who it’s against and no matter the larger point being made. It’s ALWAYS a betrayal of the disability community. We need—and expect—better from you. #CripTheVote

Some of Brown’s followers chimed in to express their disappointment in Harris:

Other’s defended Harris:

CBS News ‘ Caitlin Huey-Burns questioned Harris about the comment.

Harris replied:

It’s an incredibly offensive term, and as someone who has a long-standing relationship of advocacy for our disability community – in fact, I have a whole policy proposal on it that I have been working on for quite some time that we rolled out weeks ago – it’s offensive, and you would think that in the year 2019, people would have a much better understanding of how hurtful a term like that can be, but also the history behind it, which is a history of really ignoring the needs and the realities and the capacity of our disability community.

Huey-Burns questioned: “You didn’t correct him though. Did you hear him?”

Harris answered: “I heard him talk about the other stuff, and then that came later, and it was not something that I really heard or processed or, you know, in any way condone, that’s for sure.”

Harris also made the following comment on Twitter:

In the Democratic primary race, Sen. Kamala Harris is presently fighting. Harris is in a distant fourth place behind Biden at 29.7%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at 18%, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at 17.5%.

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