The audacity of politicians is something to behold, with there being few if any limits on how far they will go to twist and contort themselves and their records to pander for votes.
Case in point, Vice President Kamala Harris ignored her history as a prosecutor in California to declare over the weekend that people should not be jailed for smoking marijuana after touting that President Biden “appointed and confirmed the most diverse group of judges in our history.”
“And speaking of the system of justice,” the vice president said while delivering the keynote address for the Texas Democratic Party’s annual Johnson-Jordan Reception. “We are also changing — y’all might have heard that this week — the federal government’s approach to marijuana. Because the bottom line there is nobody should have to go to jail for smoking weed.”
Steve Guest, special communications advisor to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, share a clip of the remark while reminding social media users that as the attorney general of California, Harris “has sent at least 1,560 people to prison for marijuana-related offenses.”
REMINDER: Kamala Harris has sent at least 1,560 people to prison for marijuana-related offenses. https://t.co/SMgMnEwkQF
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 9, 2022
In what was seen as one of the defining moments of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, former Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, from Hawaii, destroyed Harris during an early debate over her record when she served as a district attorney and then attorney general.
The remark from Harris comes after Biden announced on Thursday he was pardoning thousands of people who had prior federal convictions for possessing marijuana and called on governors to follow suit — this coming just as Americans begin voting in the midterm elections. In announcing the mass pardons, the president said “black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates.”
Biden didn’t share his own vice president’s history here, but San Francisco Republican Party Chairman John Dennis, who is running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, did.
“Shameless. As California Attorney General Harris s sent people to jail for…smoking weed,” Dennis tweeted about Harris, who got her start in politics in his city.
As California Attorney General Harris s sent people to jail for…smoking weed. https://t.co/F5oQlnJOy2
— John Dennis (@RealJohnDennis) October 9, 2022
Here’s a quick sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:
— The Redheaded libertarian (@TRHLofficial) October 9, 2022
this u pic.twitter.com/seJH7MzW8d
— shoe (@shoe0nhead) October 9, 2022
Same chick who went scorched earth on drug offenders and people of color and went to great lengths to keep them incarcerated.
Phony Politicians doing Politics.
— Charlie DiLorenzo (@C__DiLorenzo) October 9, 2022
— ミ★ Waking Up America ★彡 (@AnthemOfGods) October 10, 2022
This isn’t even satire, that’s literally what happened.
— Deuce Bonnaroo (@305Independent) October 10, 2022
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