Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has faced decades of criticism for an act of plagiarism — and now his running mate is being accused of similar behavior.
The latest opprobrium directed at Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) stems from a story she has shared on multiple occasions that casts her as a precocious political activist, which shares some glaring similarities to a narrative shared more than half a century ago by Martin Luther King Jr.
“Baby, what do you want?”
As Fox News reported, none other than King’s own nieces is calling Harris out for her behavior.
In October, the senator recounted the supposed autobiographical tale during an interview with Elle magazine.
“My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,” she said. “And she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.'”
The story is clearly angled to portray herself as a child with a highly developed sense of social justice, but multiple sources noted its conspicuous parallels to King’s story.
In 1965, the civil rights icon told the tale of an encounter between a white police officer and a young Black girl in Birgmingham, Alabama.
“She couldn’t even pronounce it”
“‘What do you want?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked at him straight in the eye and answered, ‘Fee-dom,'” King said in an interview with a Playboy reporter. “She couldn’t even pronounce it, but she knew. It was beautiful!”
At the time, he said the touching story had “buoyed” him during “sorely trying situations” in his life.
For her part, Harris’ eerily similar tale has popped up in at least two of her books and was a rhetorical nugget she unveiled throughout the 2020 presidential campaign.
Among those who pointed out the apparently borrowed story was Donald Trump Jr., who said: “No one is shocked and no one in the MSM will cover it.”
Alveda King also chimed in, declaring that Harris “knows that her world view is totally different than the world view fo Martin Luther King Jr., so it’s a big stretch for her to compare herself to or sound like him or to use some of his analogies.”