Left-wing comedian shocks audience with joke about Kamala Harris

February 7, 2023

While Vice President Kamala Harris has long been criticized by Republicans, it seems that even some on the left are losing patience with her as well.

That was evident this week when left-wing comedian D.L. Hughley told a joke about Harris that appeared to shock some in his audience. 

Hughley mocks Harris' failure to champion police reform

According to the San Francisco Gate, Hughley's remarks came last Wednesday evening as he was guest hosting Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

The joke focused on Harris having attended the funeral of Tyre Nichols, a man who died several days after being brutally beaten by a group of police officers.

"But seriously, there is a good reason to have a black vice president," Hughley quipped, adding, "If you’re not going to do anything about police reform, at least you can have somebody that goes to those funerals."

The Gate noted that rather than being amused by Hughley's joke, members of the show's studio audience grew uncomfortably silent, with one person saying, "Wow."

Elizabeth Warren refuses to say whether Harris should be Biden's running mate

Hughley is known for engaging in racially charged rhetoric, publishing a book in 2020 called, "Surrender, White People: Our Unconditional Terms for Peace."

Hughley's joke came in the wake of comments from Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in which she refused to say whether Harris should continue to be President Joe Biden's running mate in 2024.

"I really want to defer to what makes Biden comfortable on his team," Warren said during an interview late last month with Boston Public Radio.

"I’ve known Kamala for a long time. I like Kamala. I knew her back when she was an attorney general and I was still teaching and we worked on the housing crisis together, so we go way back," she stressed.

Columnist says Biden will not replace Harris

"But they need — they have to be a team, and my sense is they are — I don’t mean that by suggesting I think there are any problems. I think they are," Warren added.

Still, Los Angeles Times Mark Z. Barabak argued in a piece published this past weekend that there is little chance Biden will replace Harris with someone else.

Barabak said that doing so "would risk a serious backlash from the Democratic base — especially Black women, who were crucial to Biden’s election" as it would mean "effectively firing the first female, first Black and first Asian American vice president."

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