Not since her tale of calling out for “fweedom” as a young child, which appears to be plagiarizing a story told by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965, has Vice President Kamala Harris found herself in the midst of a controversy over telling a tale.
In an interview published on Monday, Harris claimed that it wasn’t until she was in her 20s that she ate her first grape — the admission being an apparent show of solidarity with union members on Labor Day.
“This sounds quaint, and so I’m reluctant to say it, but, you know, I didn’t eat a grape until I was in my 20s,” the vice president said. “Like, literally, had never had a grape. I remember the first time I had a grape, I went, ‘Wow! This is quite tasty.’ It was absolutely ingrained so deeply in me: Never cross a picket line.”
Yet, there is so much wrong with that statement.
Eating table grapes was shunned by labor activists from the time Harris was 19 to 36, making her claim “inconsistent with the timeline of the three major grape boycotts spearheaded by the Cesar Chavez-led United Farm Workers,” the New York Post reported, noting that the UFW’s June 1984 boycott, its third and longest, was launched just before Harris’ 20th birthday and it lasted until 2000 when Harris was 36.
Which means what she admitted to in the interview amounts to crossing a picket line.
But then, disinformation — the fancy term for lying — is nothing new for Harris, as seen in a 2019 radio interview she did where the Democrat claimed she smoked pot in college while listening to Tupac and Snoop Dogg. Turns out, she graduated from Howard University in 1986 and Tupac’s first album was released in 1991 and Snoop Dogg released his first album in 1993.
One thing is certain, when Kamala Harris had her first grape doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Another thing is that it is a convoluted subject that leaves plenty of wiggle room:
Kamala Harris was in her 20s (1984-1993) during the third strike when the boycott was dwindling and the public didn’t know that their was still a labor fight going on.
It makes absolute sense she wouldn’t have had a grape till this time period.
— Terry Lee 王瑞民💜💙 (@TerryWatkinsJr1) September 6, 2022
But still, there were plenty of skeptics.
Mollie Hemingway, of The Federalist, tweeted: “Maybe lying about easily checked biographical details is the bond that keeps Kamala and Biden together?”
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:
I’m assuming this didn’t apply to wine.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 6, 2022
Where I grew up, more households than not refused to consume grapes in solidarity with the farm workers. Which is pretty hilarious, because the grape boycott ended three years before I was born.
That’s right, children, before the internet, cancel culture was very inefficient. https://t.co/l4idqhswBJ
— Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) September 6, 2022
Well, it’s more believable than her stroller/civil rights story.
— Ingrid (@wrongspeakah) September 6, 2022
She now calls them “fweedom fwuits”.
— Solvang (@Solvang84) September 6, 2022
oh, come on.
between this and the “fweedom” story, i’m beginning to think she’s actually daring someone to call her a liar. https://t.co/aEGuD15QeM
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) September 6, 2022
She spent her teenage years living in Montreal, not California. If you think she knew of any of this, let alone acted on it as a kid, you’re a complete moron. https://t.co/WXRjLApzI0
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) September 6, 2022
Summing up all the fuss over a grape best may be the following exchange, which at least offers a learning opportunity:
At least there are lots of wine gifs pic.twitter.com/KH5iAsjb6d
— Jonathan H. Adler (@jadler1969) September 6, 2022
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