Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris has long claimed to be a champion of the so-called “little guy” — but a new report from Breitbart caught the former California attorney general in at least once instance where she was anything but.
Despite a direct request from San Diego prosecutors in 2015 for the then-AG’s office to investigate mammoth supplement company Herbalife for shady business practices, Harris never made a move to start a probe of the company or directed anyone else to do so, Breitbart revealed in a bombshell report Friday.
A 2019 HuffPost article went into great detail about Harris’ failure to deal with Herbalife, a multilevel marketing company, even though there were numerous allegations that the company illegally overstated the benefits of becoming a distributor of its supplements and caused financial harm to many in minority communities.
Turns out, Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, was what Breitbart called “a high-profile partner” at Venable LLP, a law firm to which Herbalife paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for legal services.
Conflict of interest
It definitely would have been a conflict of interest for Harris to investigate Herbalife with her husband’s ties to the company’s law firm, but she had an obligation to then recuse herself and let others who were more impartial investigate it in her place.
Instead, she seems to have swept the whole situation under the rug and ignored it. According to Breitbart, her office never even acknowledged that it saw the memo from the San Diego prosecutors.
In addition to the conflict posed by her husband’s law firm representing Herbalife, Harris also appeared at a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser for her Senate campaign in 2015 hosted by the Podesta Group, a firm that lobbied for Herbalife, Breitbart noted.
Later in 2015, Breitbart reported, Harris’ husband was “promoted to managing director of Venable’s West Coast operations.”
Harris: A political chameleon
The Herbalife situation is certainly not the only time Harris has fashioned her views to suit what benefits her — or a family member — politically.
The fact that she accepted the vice-presidential nomination after implying that her now-running mate, Joe Biden, is racist and after saying she believed his sexual misconduct accusers during the primary season is more than enough evidence that she is willing to put aside or change her beliefs to gain more power.
A person like that is not just a hypocrite; she is dangerous. And as evidenced by Breitbart’s latest report, her record as California’s “top cop” isn’t winning over progressives, either.
“Working-class Black voters are still mistrustful [of Harris] because of her mixed criminal justice issues,” progressive pundit Jason Nichols told Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Stephen Loiaconi earlier this month. As far as Biden using Harris to smooth over his own rocky record? “Very few people are swayed by running mates,” Nichols added.