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
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.
— Kendally Brown (@kendallybrown) September 7, 2019
Some of Brown’s followers chimed in to express their disappointment in Harris:
My brother has down syndrome and has a heart of gold compared to Donald J Trump and is a better man. Kamala Harris you lost my vote.
— JM Scamihorn (@scamihorn) September 7, 2019
Other’s defended Harris:
I understand your point & think she will make this right & apologize. But as much as this terminology shouldn’t be used, there was clearly a language barrier. She may have been reinforcing the IDEA the man was conveying —that Trump POLICIES are dumb (for lack of a better word)
— Stephanie B Wudarski (@sbex530) September 7, 2019
CBS News ‘ Caitlin Huey-Burns questioned Harris about the comment.
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.”
WATCH: Someone at a @KamalaHarris event yesterday called Pres. Trump “mentally retarded.”
The 2020 candidate told @CHueyBurns that she didn’t correct him because “it was not something that I really heard or processed or you know, um, or in any way condone, that’s for sure.” pic.twitter.com/IKl3j1eivJ
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 7, 2019
Harris also made the following comment on Twitter:
When my staff played the video from my town hall yesterday, it was upsetting. I didn’t hear the words the man used in that moment, but if I had I would’ve stopped and corrected him. I’m sorry. That word and others like it aren’t acceptable. Ever. https://t.co/mNmo1hyNpW
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 7, 2019
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%.