Sep 8, 2019

Harris apologizes for questioner's offensive remark aimed at Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris apologized Saturday for her response to a New Hampshire town hall audience member who used a slur on people with disabilities when asking a question about President Trump.

Why it matters: Harris was criticized by disability rights advocates after video showed her laughing at an audience member who asked at the Friday event, "What are you going to do in the next one year to diminish the mentally retarded actions of this guy?" She replied "well said" before saying that she planned to "win this election."

What they're saying:

  • Kendally Brown, a health care advocate for people with disabilities, tweeted, "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."
  • Nyle DiMarco, an advocate for the deaf community, tweeted "1) R-word is unacceptable. It is a slur, an insult. 2) Kamala should have handled this better. An apology is needed."

The big picture: The Washington Post notes that Harris became the first Democratic presidential candidate to release a plan aimed at improving opportunities for Americans with disabilities.

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Kamala Harris asks Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to suspend Trump's account

Sen. Kamala Harris. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a Tuesday letter to consider suspending President Trump's account for violating its user agreement with his tweets about the Ukraine whistleblower and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

The state of play, via Axios' managing editor Scott Rosenberg: Social media platforms that help people "share ideas and information" are struggling with becoming political battlegrounds, and Twitter has been hesitant in the past to ban or take down politicians' tweets that break its rules.

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Kamala Harris could lose her home state

Sen. Kamala Harris takes a selfie on the campaign trail. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In a crowded 2020 race, Sen. Kamala Harris' consistency in national polls is impressive as a top 5 Democratic candidate, but her placement among voters is still mismatched, Molly Ball writes for the latest TIME magazine cover story.

“People like Harris too; they just can’t quite place her. Like the acquaintance you recognize but can’t recall how you met, she seems both familiar and yet mysterious. Is she a liberal or a moderate, establishment or populist, reformer or radical?”
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Kamala Harris' campaign says it raised $11.6 million in Q3

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Kamala Harris' 2020 campaign says it raised $11.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, down from $11.8 million last quarter.

The state of play: Harris' Q3 haul is short of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who racked up $25.3 million, and Pete Buttigieg, who raised $19.1 million, but ahead of Cory Booker at $6 million.

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