Biden's pick a 'pragmatic moderate'? Uh-uh, say critics

Thursday, August 13, 2020
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Biden-Harris presserSome people may be in favor of what Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) brings to the Joe Biden presidential campaign, but an author and Fox News contributor says the senator's responses to situations in DC and California are cause for concern.

Speaking Wednesday on the "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" radio program, Mollie Hemingway said Harris tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh over what Hemingway considers "unsubstantiated" claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when they were teenagers.

"Kamala Harris was very much promoting that as a reason to not confirm Kavanaugh, and she kept it going after his nomination even though there was never any evidence in support of it, other than the claim from Christine Blasey Ford," said Hemingway, co-author of "Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court."

Kamala's likability problem

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Gary Bauer with Campaign for Working Families describes Senator Kamala Harris as a "fairly run-of-the-mill, left-wing Democrat," who is "unremarkable" in most ways.


"[Harris is] somebody who, when she got into the presidential race, was considered to be a real rising star," he recalls. "A lot of commentators thought if she got into the race, she would be a clear front runner. [But] in fact, the more people saw her, they more they didn't like her."

According to Bauer, people often use the terms "unlikeable" and "mean-spirited" to describe the California Democrat.

"She's a former prosecutor – so being edgy and aggressive goes over very well sometimes in a court room," he acknowledges. "[But] I think a lot of people will be going back and watching her performance in the confirmation battles, for example, of [Justice Neil] Gorsuch and [Justice Brett] Kavanaugh, where she was often mean-spirited in those confirmation hearings." (See comments from Mollie Hemingway in main article)

In his End of Day Report on Wednesday, Bauer also challenges The New York Times' labeling of Harris as "a pragmatic moderate." He points out that not only does Harris possess a 100% pro-abortion voting record with Planned Parenthood, she also votes with Senator Bernie Sanders 92% of the time (and co-sponsored his "Medicare for All" scheme); co-sponsored legislation calling for "reparations"; endorsed the left-leaning Green New Deal; wants to ban fracking; and "strongly sympathizes" with the BLM movement's call for police departments to be defunded.

Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump and is concerned to be a pro-life judge. Based on that, Hemingway said it was understandable that liberal Democrats like Kamala Harris might not want someone like Kavanaugh on the high court.


"But the lengths that they were willing to go to not just keep him off the court but destroy his life and his relationship with his family and his reputation – that horrified a lot of people," Hemingway continued. "A year later, Kamala Harris tried to impeach Kavanaugh."

Meanwhile, in 2015, then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris went after undercover journalist David Daleiden for videos that Daleiden said exposed Planned Parenthood for harvesting and selling aborted babies' body parts at a profit. The case is still in court today.

"Here [is] someone who actually has taken action against journalists and tried to persecute them if they expose the wrongdoings of her political allies, and that is something that Americans should definitely be aware of," Hemingway emphasized.

"California is a big state," she continued, "and if she could accomplish that in California, what she could accomplish in the White House in terms of persecuting her political opponents is something I think legitimately concerns a lot of people."


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