Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is being slammed for exploiting her staged viral debate moment with former Vice President Joe Biden by shilling “That little girl was me” T-shirt for $30 on her campaign website.
The brouhaha erupted at the first Democratic presidential debate after Harris accused Biden of siding with segregationists because he had worked with Democratic segregationist senators decades ago.
For the record, politicians typically work with other lawmakers whose views they don’t like to advance a common goal.
Kamala Harris stirs backlash for suggesting Biden is racist
“You also worked with them to oppose busing,” Harris told Biden at the debate (video below). “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools. And she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me.”
The media and many Democrats applauded Harris for attacking Biden and basically suggesting that he’s a racist. However, others said Harris’ peddling of race-baiting T-shirts was exploitative and contrived.
Joe Biden has many flaws, but to accuse him of being racist is a bridge too far — even for many Democrats.
Instagram commenter: ‘Cheat shot for Kamala Harris’
Here’s a sampling of comments from Instagram:
- “Tacky move.”
- “I thought I would vote for you – just changed my mind.”
- “Disappointing… tired of politicians being for sale. Not smart marketing to have had this ready.”
- “I was rooting for Kamala after the debate but let’s not overplay this hand…I’m black and I’m not offended (nor pained) that [Biden] had a cordial working relationship with segregationists. Neither was I offended that Obama did with Robert Byrd or that Lyndon Johnson did with so many others.”
- “Cheap shot Kamala Harris. Only 9% of blacks were for the involuntary busing of students by the DOE…It saddens me how you could manipulate this situation.”
Harris reportedly took bribes to not prosecute Ponzi scheme
The next time they face off in a debate, Joe Biden should ask Kamala Harris why she refused to investigate the Ponzi scheme operated by nutritional supplement marketer Herbalife. At the time, Harris was the Attorney General of California.
Critics accused Harris of not prosecuting Herbalife in exchange for bribes masquerading as “donations” from Herbalife lobbyist Heather Podesta.
At the time, Heather Podesta was married to Tony Podesta, a lobbyist with ties to Hillary Clinton. Tony’s brother, John Podesta, managed Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign.
During her tenure as California attorney general, Kamala Harris Ignored Multiple Pleas to Investigate the fraudulent pyramid scheme operated by Herbalife, “Kamala Harris accused of refusing to prosecute Podesta-linked company in exchange for bribes”. https://t.co/xGJxLgxo7t
— ❌Lulump⭐️⭐️⭐️❌ (@lulump007) March 19, 2019
In 2015, the San Diego office of the California Attorney General urged Harris to investigate Herbalife for deceptive marketing practices. She refused. And this could be why, critics claim. According to Yahoo News:
“About three weeks after the San Diego letter was sent, Harris received the first of three donations to her campaign for the U.S. Senate from Heather Podesta, the powerful Washington lobbyist whose ex-husband Tony’s firm, then called the Podesta Group, had worked for Herbalife since 2013.”
In 2016, Herbalife agreed to pay $200 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle longstanding claims of fraud.
Other states that sued Herbalife also received hefty settlements, while California did nothing — thanks to its attorney general Kamala Harris. Legal experts say Harris should have prosecuted Herbalife herself when repeatedly asked.