Failing presidential candidate and former fed Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) whined like a little… erm… sore loser and pulled out of a bipartisan criminal justice forum after it was announced that President Donald J. Trump would win an award for his “First Step Act” legislation.
“White House official says Trump will receive the Bipartisan Justice Award this afternoon during speech at criminal justice forum at Benedict College,” Rad Berky first reported.
The First Step Act was bipartisan legislation that freed “non-violent” offenders serving long prison sentences for what are viewed as petty crimes. There has been some controversy since the legislation went into effect – one man released from prison under the Act is now wanted for a murder in Providence, RI – but overall, the results seem to have been positive.
Lest we digress from the story, Harris is upset that Trump won the award and she did not. After all, it could have been a boost for her failing presidential campaign, which, as of Thursday is in fifth place among the Democratic Party’s primary field.
She spouted off on Twitter.
“Once I heard Trump got an award at the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum and stopped HBCU students from attending, I decided to do my own criminal justice reform event tomorrow instead,” she said in a statement. “He’s celebrated mass incarceration and pushed the death penalty for innocent Black children. I won’t be complicit in papering over his record.”
Harris is, to say the least, exaggerating Trump’s beliefs about mass incarceration, and referencing the Central Park Five case in relation to the death penalty.
But the holier than thou charade is perhaps the most decadent part of the story. As a prosecutor, Harris was known as a tough prosecutor when she worked as the District Attorney in San Francisco from 2004 to 2011, and threw the book at petty criminals. This wasn’t lost on one of her Democratic Party primary foes, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who threw the proverbial book at Harris during at one of the party’s presidential debates.
“There are too many examples to cite, but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said. “She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so. 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. That impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.”
Whatever Trump may have said in the past doesn’t really compare to the way Harris acted when she was in a position of authority. The only reason she cares about criminal justice reform today is because it is popular among Democratic Party voters, whom she is unsuccessfully trying to woo.
Trump had no reason to care about prison reform when he was elected – other than the fact that he thought it was the moral thing to do – and he successfully reformed some of the system.
That’s why he won the award.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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