Tulsi Gabbard accuses Kamala Harris of hypocrisy over Brittney Griner

Fox News reported last week that American basketball player Brittney Griner was sentenced by a Russian court to nine years in prison for illegally importing vape cartridges which contained cannabis oil.

In response, Vice President Kamala Harris issued a statement denouncing Griner’s sentence. However, that led a member of Harris’ own party to call her a hypocrite. 

Tulsi Gabbard recalls how Harris imprisoned people for minor drug crimes

Tulsi Gabbard is a former Democratic congresswoman who represented the state of Hawaii, and during an appearance on Fox News, she blasted Harris’ record as a prosecutor and California attorney general.

Gabbard accused the vice president of having “kept prisoners in prison longer than their sentences to use them as free slave labor.”

“Where is your outrage for your fellow Americans who are sitting in prison today here in the United States of America for minor marijuana violations?” the former lawmaker demanded.

“How come you are not fighting as hard for them to be returned home and reunited with their families as you are for Brittney Griner?” she continued.

“Unfortunately, like too many politicians, it seems that she puts her finger to the wind and decides the things she’s supposed to be angry about on any given day and if it becomes politically inconvenient or damaging then she’ll switch the other way,” Gabbard said.

Gabbard has attacked Harris before

This is not the first time that Gabbard has gone after Harris on criminal justice issues, they two famously clashed during a presidential primary debate in 2019.

“There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said of Harris.

“She blocked evidence – she blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California,” Gabbard concluded.

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