Vice President Kamala Harris says she stands on the shoulders of the trailblazing women who came before her — as long as those shoulders belong to Democrats.
Okay, she didn’t actually say that last part, but she may as well have.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Harris posted to Twitter a montage on Thursday, in which she declared that women “are the backbone of our democracy.” But the video failed to acknowledge the impressive accomplishments of Republican women, such as Sandra Day O’Connor, who became the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice after an appointment by Ronald Reagan.
Women are the backbone of our democracy. pic.twitter.com/Pw5gOZmXC7
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 23, 2023
Obama-appointee Sonia Sotomayor got a nod for being “the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.”
And because she’s black, so did the Biden-backed Ketanji Brown Jackson, who can’t even tell you what a woman is.
But the actual first woman to reach the highest court in the country was snubbed, begging the question, “Was it because she is Republican, or because she is white?”
Fun fact: Sandra Day O’Connor was also the first woman to lead a state senate.
Former Rep. Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii) got a shout-out for being the first woman of color to be elected to Congress in 1965, but, as Fox News Digital (FND) notes, there was no mention of Montana Rep. Jeannette Rankin — a Republican — who, in 1916, became the first woman ever to be elected to Congress.
In 2011, Republicans Nikki Haley (S.C.) and Susana Martinez (N.M.) were the first two women of color to become governors, but Harris skipped them, too. White Democrat Nellie Tayloe Ross, however, was featured for becoming the first female governor in 1925.
Charlotta Spears Black was rightly acknowledged as the first black woman to run for vice president in 1952, and Hillary Clinton was celebrated as “the first woman to receive a major party nomination,” but viewers were left to wonder about Walter Mondale’s 1984 Democratic running mate, Geraldine Ferraro, and Sarah Palin, who joined John McCain’s Republican ticket in 2008.
And, while Lelia Davis was featured for being the first African American woman elected mayor in 1973, America’s first female mayor was elected way back in 1887, in Argonia, Kansas. Her name was Susanna Madora Salter, and she ran as a member of the Prohibition Party.
To add further insult to the injury of being erased, Harris included in her video for Women’s History Month a biological man, Delaware’s Sarah McBride, hailed as the first transgender candidate to be elected as a state senator in 2020.
But — in a move that speaks volumes — the woman who got the most screentime in the Vice President’s montage was none other than Kamala Harris herself, for being “the first” woman, black woman, Indian woman, and daughter of immigrants to become a veep.
Online, it could be argued that Kamala Harris is also “the first” vice president to be called a “bubble brain.”
“You think this is a woman, you bubble brain,” one user tweeted. “You’ve put women’s rights back 100 years.”
You think this is a woman, you bubble brain. You’ve put women’s rights back 100 years. pic.twitter.com/3oOXRa3gsT
— RustyMAGA (@lou1_sissy) March 24, 2023
The sentiment was shared by many.
“Everything you say and do hurts our country a little bit more,” tweeted another.
“You awarded international women of the year to a man – that spits in the face of any claim you just made,” stated a third.
Everything you say and do hurts our country a little bit more
— Jo799 (@JoAnnaL22328932) March 24, 2023
You awarded international women of the year to a man – that spits in the face of any claim you just made
— Marc S. Lubow (@MLubow) March 24, 2023
The omissions in Harris’s montage were glaring.
“The fact you left out Sandra Day O’Connor (the first female SCOTUS justice) but included Sonia Sotomayor and Kentanji Brown Jackson is very telling,” said one user.
“Um … what happened to Sandra Day O’Connor?” asked another. “Was the R next to her name somehow disqualifying (even though she voted in your favor in many key decisions)?”
“Also,” the user added, “Sorry, but Sally McBride is a male. He is not a woman.”
“I assume the omission of Sandra Day O’Connor–the first woman on the Supreme Court–was an unintentional oversight and not a deliberate omission just because she was appointed by a Republican administration,” wrote yet another angry user. “Condoleezza Rice also missing leads me to believe it’s the latter.”
One Twitter user summed up reactions to the insulting “tribute” perfectly: “Seems the only women Kami celebrates are democrats and men.”
The fact you left out Sandra Day O’Connor (the first female SCOTUS justice) but included Sonia Sotomayor and Kentanji Brown Jackson is very telling.
— Ryan Cook⚜️ (@ryan_cook2021) March 23, 2023
Um … what happened to Sandra Day O’Connor? Was the R next to her name somehow disqualifying (even though she voted in your favor in many key decisions)?
Also, Sorry, but Sally McBride is a male. He is not a woman.
— Melody Surfing (@CricketSurfing) March 24, 2023
I assume the omission of Sandra Day O’Connor–the first woman on the Supreme Court–was an unintentional oversight and not a deliberate omission just because she was appointed by a Republican administration.
Condoleezza Rice also missing leads me to believe it’s the latter
— TheAbominableHomo (@abominablehomo) March 24, 2023
Seems the only women Kami celebrates are democrats and men.
— Queen Velvet (@TMIWITW) March 24, 2023
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