Kamala Harris

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Person.png Kamala Harris  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, lawyer)
Kamala Harris.jpg
Born20 October 1964
NationalityUS
Alma materHoward University, University of California
SpouseDoug Emhoff
Member ofTruman Center for National Policy

Employment.png Vice President of the United States

In office
20 January 2021 - Present
Preceded byMike Pence

Employment.png United States Senator from California

In office
3 January 2017 - 18 January 2021

Kamala Devi Harris (born 20 October 1964) is a US politician and lawyer serving as the Vice President of the United States from 20 January 2021.[1]

A member of the Democratic Party, Kamala Harris served as a United States Senator from California from 2017 to 2021, and as the Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017.

Early Career tied to Willy Brown

Harris started her career as a lawyer in 1990, after graduating from Howard University and the University of California's Hastings College of the Law, at the Alameda County district attorney’s office in Oakland. From there, she was recruited to the San Francisco district attorney's office to run the department’s career criminal unit.

In the mid-1990s, Kamala Harris started dating Willie Brown, the mayor of San Francisco and one of California’s most powerful politicians. Brown was investigated by the FBI when he was speaker of the California Assembly and as mayor was dogged by conflict of interest, as he used his political machine to steer government contracts and jobs to allies.

In 2003, Harris’ critics used the relationship with Brown to contend that she was not independently qualified to hold office and that, if elected, she would hesitate to investigate corruption at City Hall. Eric Jaye, a political strategist in the city, said Harris’ emergence from San Francisco politics reminds him of Andy Dufresne, the Tim Robbins character from The Shawshank Redemption. “Andy Dufresne,” he said, quoting a line from the movie, “who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side."[2]

Mid-Career

In 2003, she was elected district attorney of San Francisco. She was elected Attorney General of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Harris served as the junior United States senator from California from 2017 to 2021.

Views on Israel

In July 2019, Kamala Harris was interviewed on the Kyle Kulinski show, and was asked whether she considered Israel was meeting international standards of human rights. Harris seemed determined to say nothing that could be remotely construed as critical.

Her initial answer consisted of this word salad:

“I think that Israel as a country is dedicated to being a democracy and is one of our closest friends in that region and that we should understand the shared values and priorities that we have as a democracy, and conduct foreign policy in a way that is consistent with understanding the alignment between the American people and the people of Israel.”
Q: “Does Israel meet your human rights standards to your personal satisfaction?” A: “Overall, yes.”

Unsatisfied, the interviewer followed up:

“Does Israel meet your human rights standards to your personal satisfaction?”

Playing for time, Harris asked:

“What specifically are you referring to?” before finally answering the question: “Overall, yes.”

This means that Harris sees no problem with Israel’s policy of sending snipers to systematically and deliberately kill unarmed civilians, including children, who protest their internment in the besieged Gaza Strip.

It means she sees no problem with Israel’s skyrocketing demolitions of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank to make way for Jewish-only settlements – a war crime.

It means she sees no problem with Israel’s military detention and torture of Palestinian children.

It means Harris sees no problem with dozens of Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel solely for not being Jewish. These include laws and policies that promote the kind of housing discrimination and official segregation that is banned in the US thanks to the civil rights laws she claims to uphold.

It means she sees no problem with Israel’s recent Nation-State Law explicitly affirming superior rights for Jews over Palestinians.

Kyle Kulinski, an influential left-wing commentator and a founder of the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats, offers a scathing response.

He says that Harris brushing aside Israel’s horrific record shows that her “moral” and “ethical concerns” are “nonexistent”:

“She’s playing the political game that people play in the United States of America to try to get ahead.”
“It shows you that she’s unlikely to change anything,” he adds. “That’s why this is important.”[3]

Democrats control the Senate

On 20 January 2021, Democrats officially took control of the Senate when Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new members, after she took her own oath of office, giving her party control of the White House and Congress.

Harris delivered the oath of office to the new Democratic senators: Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Alex Padilla, who replaced her representing the state of California.

She returned to Capitol Hill, almost five hours after she became the first female Vice President, to preside over the Senate for the first time. The VP also serves as president of the Senate.[4]

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