Nov 5, 2019

Harris: Suggesting that African Americans are homophobic is a trope

Sen. Kamala Harris at the October Democratic presidential debate, Oct. 15. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris told CNN Monday there's a "trope" among some Democrats that African Americans are homophobic or transphobic. And she called suggestions that fellow Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is struggling with black voters in South Carolina because he's gay "simply wrong."

What they're saying: Harris made the comments after Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told CNN on Sunday "there's no question" that Buttigieg's sexuality is an issue for older African Americans and that it's "a generational issue." Harris stressed she respects Clyburn "a lot," but she added bias exists in all communities.

  • Buttigieg told CNN earlier Monday he hoped to move "past old prejudices" by getting on with his job.
  • In a separate CNN interview Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) said, "I celebrate the fact that we have an openly gay man in this race and it's something that's exciting to me."

Background: An internal Buttigieg campaign memo leaked to The State suggested South Carolina focus groups felt being gay "was a barrier" that the South Bend mayor's campaign had to try and break down, though his campaign pushed back on the narrative.

Worth noting: Support for same-sex marriage has remained steady among white, African American and Hispanic people over the past two years. Pew Research Center statistics published in May show "62% of whites support same-sex marriage, as do 58% of Hispanics and 51% of blacks."

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Protests for George Floyd continue for 10th day

Thousands of protesters march over the Brooklyn Bridge on June 4 in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

All four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged for George Floyd’s death and are in custody, including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The latest: Crowds gathered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Thursday evening and in Atlanta, Georgia, despite the rain. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined demonstrators on Thursday. Demonstrators in Washington, D.C. dispersed following a thunderstorm and rain warning for the region.

Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.