History will almost certainly show that California Senator Kamala Harris’ metaphorically fatal mistake in this 2020 presidential race was lying about her blackness.
The error in judgement came during Black History Month of 2019, when Harris was running as quickly as she could away from her past as a hard-nosed prosecutor, and attempting to prove to the youthful Democratic base that she was still “cool” and “hip”.
Asked about her record of aggressively seeking the prosecution of non-violent drug offenders, such as marijuana users, Harris attempted to downplay the accusation with an “admission” that she used to “smoke weed” and “listen to Tupac and Snoop Dogg” while in college.
There was only one problem: That was impossible.
Twitter users quickly pointed out what appeared to be an inconsistency in Harris’s story. The legislator had said that she was listening to Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.
Harris graduated from Howard University in 1986, according to the school’s magazine. Shakur’s first album, 2Pacalypse Now, was released in 1991, and Snoop Dogg’s first album, Doggystyle,was released in 1993.
Now, some eight months later, Harris’ campaign has failed to recover from the fabrication, and appears to be preparing for the inevitable act of throwing in the towel.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has been forced to lay off dozens of campaign staffers at her Baltimore headquarters as her flailing bid for the White House continues to suffer from poor polling figures and money woes, according to a report.
Politico writes Wednesday that in addition to the layoffs in Baltimore, Harris’s campaign is also slashing or re-deploying staff at her offices in key primary states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, and California. Further, the Harris campaign is cutting salaries of top officials, including campaign manager Juan Rodriguez, who was earning $10,000 per month. “Harris’ consultants will also have their payments reduced and the campaign plans to trim and renegotiate other contracts to slash overhead,” Politico reports.
Harris’ sluggish fundraising performance, paired with overspending, has prompted some inside and outside of her campaign to wonder how long she can keep running for the highest office in the land. In the third quarter, Harris blew $14.6 million but only raised $11.8 million — leaving her with a $2.8 million spending gap. Additionally, her campaign deferred around $900,000 in debts, an accounting trick that inflated her cash on hand.
Harris bowing out of the race would certainly cause concern for other low-polling Democratic hopefuls, whose judgement would find itself impugned by remaining involved in such a futile effort.