Both sides of the aisle have been busy bombarding voters, down to the individual level, with messaging on why the other side is “evil” and how their candidate will save the day.
The last piece on the “Risk” board, was determined yesterday. Sen. Kamala Harris was officially announced as Joe Biden’s running mate Tuesday. Not a total surprise and with months to prepare the attack ads, memes, and press talk points, Team Trump started their blitzkrieg on her candidacy yesterday.
With her flip-flopping on multiple issues throughout her career, beginning as a local prosecutor in the early 2000s, there is quite a bit of ammunition for their guns to fire off.
Those positions are now in the political crosshairs, as the Trump campaign works to brand her as “phony” and the newly named Democratic ticket prepares to present a united and consistent message going into next week’s national convention.
Here is a partial list from Fox News
Harris was an original co-sponsor of the “Medicare-for-all” bill introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., which would essentially outlaw private health insurance.
During one CNN town hall event in January 2019 with Jake Tapper, when pressed on the fact the bill she got behind would take away the private plans some people are happy with, Harris defended the move to outlaw them. She criticized the paperwork and approval processes required to make sure insurance covers certain medical care.
“Let’s eliminate all of that, let’s move on,” Harris said.
But later in the year, Harris released a health care plan that included room for private insurers, drawing harsh condemnation from her rivals, including Biden.
Harris has long been a supporter of “sanctuary” cities, including during her time as the head prosecutor for one of the longest-standing such cities, San Francisco. Harris, during her time in the Senate, was also a fierce defender of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which protects people who were brought illegally into the U.S. as minors from deportation.
However, in 2008 she supported a controversial policy put in place by then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (who is now California’s governor) that instructed police to inform Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) about minors who are arrested on felony charges, according to a New York Times story from the time.
Harris has taken different positions on ICE itself.
In 2006 as San Francisco District Attorney, she worked on a months-long investigation alongside ICE, the San Francisco Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It netted 24 suspected gang members.
In a 2018 Senate hearing, however, Harris compared ICE to the Ku Klux Klan. Harris made the remarks at a confirmation hearing, asking Ronald Vitiello — who was President Trump’s nominee to lead the agency — if he was “aware of the perception” of similarity between ICE and the KKK.
Harris as San Francisco district attorney in 2010 opposed a ballot proposition that would have legalized marijuana in California, according to Capitol Weekly, calling it “flawed public policy.” Her campaign manager, according to the publication, clarified that she supported legal medical marijuana and nothing more.
In 2014, Republican attorney general candidate Ron Gold advocated vocally for the legalization and regulation of recreational marijuana, and to use taxes derived from the legalization for drug and alcohol counseling.
A report by KCRA at the time included footage of a reporter asking Harris her thoughts on Gold’s position: “He’s entitled to his opinion,” she said, before laughing.
The fact is, marijuana laws are not applied and enforced in the same way for all people. That’s why I've signed onto @CoryBooker’s Marijuana Justice Act to make marijuana legal at the federal level. It’s the smart thing to do. pic.twitter.com/JD5qqm0bfU
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 10, 2018
Harris has long been an opponent of the death penalty, and during her career faced criticism many times for refusing to seek the death penalty, including once in the case of cop-killer David Hill and another time in the case of an MS-13 gang member who killed three people — a man and two of his sons — after mistaking them as rival gang members, according to SF Gate.
But Harris, as California attorney general, defended the state’s death penalty from a legal challenge, calling a federal ruling that the state’s capital punishment was unconstitutional a “flawed ruling [that] requires appellate review,” according to the Sacramento Bee.
A separate charge, leveled at Harris during a debate last year by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, was that she blocked DNA testing in the case of a death row inmate who many believed to be innocent. A Harris spokesperson said that Harris was not involved with that call, which was made by lower-level attorneys in her office and never brought to her attention, according to the Post.
So much damaging history to use, but only so much the voters can process. It all comes down to the messaging and the effectiveness in delivering it.
With Silicon Valley and the far-left media outlets running interference, it will take a masterful job at Trump campaign headquarters to get the job done. If successful, the voters will not know what they will be doing to themselves, just like a toddler who can’t read the label before drinking the poison.