During the debate last night Kamala Harris got a taste of her own medicine. She was caught off-guard when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard came after her for her past record and failed to redeem herself.
CNN’s Jake Tapper started off the exchange.
TAPPER:…Congresswoman Gabbard, you took issue with Senator Harris confronting Vice President Biden at the last debate. You called it a quote, false accusation that Joe Biden is a racist. What’s your response?
GABBARD: I want to bring the conversation back to the broken criminal justice system that is disproportionately negatively impacting black and brown people all across this country today. Now Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president.
But I’m deeply concerned about this record. There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.
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She blocked evidence — she blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California.
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And she fought to keep …
TAPPER: Thank you, Congresswoman.
GABBARD: Bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.
TAPPER: Thank you, Congresswoman. Senator Harris, your response?
HARRIS: As the elected attorney general of California, I did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people, which became a national model for the work that needs to be done.
And I am proud of that work. And I am proud of making a decision to not just give fancy speeches or be in a legislative body and give speeches on the floor, but actually doing the work of being in the position to use the power that I had to reform a system that is badly in need of reform.
That is why we created initiatives that were about reentering former offenders and getting them counseling.
TAPPER: Thank you.
HARRIS: It is why and because I know that the criminal justice system is so broken …
TAPPER: Thank you, Senator.
HARRIS: That I am an advocate for what we need to do to not only decriminalize but legalize marijuana in the United States.”
Tapper gave Gabbard a chance to respond.
GABBARD: The bottom line is, Senator Harris, when you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives, you did not. And worse yet, in the case of those who were on death row, innocent people, you actually blocked evidence from being revealed that would have freed them until you were forced to do so.
There is no excuse for that and the people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor owe — you owe them an apology.
Watch The Exchange Below.
Gabbard destroyed Harris during that short exchange. Harris weakly tried to respond but was unable to deny her past actions. I guess now she knows how Biden felt when she went after him.