Oct 26, 2019

Kamala Harris slams Trump’s lynching tweet

Sen. Kamala Harris. Photo: ROBYN BECK / Contributor/Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Saturday recollected President Trump's recent characterization of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry as a “lynching," at 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum at Benedict College, a historically black college.

What she's saying: "What do we have in Donald Trump? Someone who dares — dares — to use the word 'lynching' with the blood that has been poured on the soil of South Carolina and so many place. And dares to talk about his victimization and compare it to those who have suffered in a criminal justice system in America that has too often been informed by racial bias and by injustice. And he dares to compare himself to the people who have been at the wrong end of a system that is in need of reform."

Harris had backed out of the criminal justice forum in South Carolina on Friday, saying she would not be complicit in “pandering” to the president’s record on racial issues.

  • She then reversed course on Saturday, opting to participate in the event following the removal of the event's sponsor that had presented Trump with the annual "Bipartisan Justice Award."

At the forum, she addressed the "elephant in the room," explaining: "I just couldn't believe that Donald Trump would be given an award as it relates to criminal justice reform. Let's be clear, this is someone who has disrespected the voices that have been present for decades about the need for reform of this system, the people who have marched for justice in this system, the people who have sacrificed to create leadership around justice in this system ... this being an election in 2020, that I believe very much puts justice on the ballot."

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Trump jabs Harris for cancelling criminal justice event appearance

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President Trump singled out Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Twitter Saturday morning, saying she cancelled her planned appearance at an event in South Carolina because he received an award for his criminal justice reform legislation.

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Top House Democrat calls Trump's "lynching" tweet a "historically ignorant statement"

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In an interview with Mike Allen for "Axios on HBO," Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said President Trump's tweet calling the impeachment inquiry against him a "lynching" was "a historically ignorant statement."

  • Trump received pushback from both sides of the aisle over calling the constitutionally authorized process of impeachment a "lynching." Lynching is an especially sensitive topic for African Americans, who were the majority of victims.
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Kamala Harris secures new CBC endorsement as she ramps up black voter outreach

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Sen. Kamala Harris secured the endorsement of Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) before kicking off her Black Women Action weekend in South Carolina, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: That makes 11 endorsements from the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for Harris, which is more than any other presidential candidate has received so far.

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