Vice President-elect Kamala Harris posted a video on Saturday in which she recalled fond memories of celebrating Kwanzaa with her family as a child.
But as writer Joel B. Pollak noted in a scathing piece for Breitbart, the facts surrounding the holiday raise some serious doubts about Harris’ recollections.
“Our Kwanzaa celebrations are one of my favorite childhood memories,” Harris tweeted Saturday. “The whole family would gather around across multiple generations and we’d tell stories and light the candles.”
In an accompanying video, Harris said, “You know, my sister and I, we grew up celebrating Kwanzaa.”
Harris looks back?
Harris went on: “Every year, our family and our extended family we would gather around across multiple generations and we’d tell stories. The kids would sit on the carpet and the elders would sit in chairs.
“And we would light the candles, and of course afterwards have a beautiful meal. And of course there was always the discussion of the seven principles,” she explained.
“And,” the Democrat added, “my favorite, I have to tell you, was always the one about self-determination: Kujichagulia. And you know, essentially it’s about, you know, it’s about ‘be.’ ‘Be’ and ‘do.'”
Harris claimed that this principle “motivates me today as we seek to confront the challenges facing our country, and build a brighter future for all Americans.”
“It’s like…Earth Day”
However, Pollak pointed out for Breitbart that the Kwanzaa holiday didn’t even come into existence until 1966, a mere two years after Harris was born. It was created by Maulana Karenga, a left-wing activist who would later go to prison for stripping two women naked and torturing them with hot metal, according to the Daily Caller.
Earlier this month, Harris released another cringe-worthy video in which she and her husband Doug Emhoff proclaimed their love for Hanukkah.
That brought criticism from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who accused Harris of trying to turn the Jewish holiday into “leftist social justice warrior nonsense.”
“If you want to ignore the entire message of the holiday, then go with this,” Shapiro said, according to Fox News. “So what we learned in this video from Kamala Harris is that Hanukkah, a holiday that I actually celebrate, apparently is…basically, it’s like…Earth Day.”