While presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has yet to reveal who his running mate will be, he has long pledged to select a woman of color.
One person who has received a great deal of buzz in the so-called “veepstakes” is Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) — but as Breitbart reports, it appears that many on the left have been quick to reject her tough-on-crime past.
Harris formerly served as a district attorney in San Francisco before becoming attorney general of California, roles that were at the forefront of discussion when conservative group Campus Reform spoke with college students about the possibility that she will be tapped to round out the 2020 Democratic ticket.
One white student queried by Campus Reform appeared to be uneasy when asked to comment on the subject, stating, “Obviously, I’m not a person of color so its especially difficult for me to say,” though that student ultimately admitted that she would rather not see the California Democrat on her party’s ticket come November, as Breitbart noted.
Another person who was questioned criticized Harris’ prior role as a prosecutor, insisting that he doesn’t “think the vice presidential nominee should have that kind of history” and arguing instead that “what America needs right now is someone who is progressive and adaptive to change.”
Others indicated the belief that anyone with a background in law enforcement should be disqualified from contention, with one interviewee characterizing Harris’ prospective candidacy as “completely inappropriate” and that it is “definitely not the time” for her to receive the nod.
“I think it takes a lot of nerve for people to be doing that,” another complained about Harris’ law and order background, according to Breitbart. “There’s so many other people in the world that have like different opinions and will make the world a so much better place.” Watch below:
Not just the kids
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) made headlines last year when she also attacked Harris for her record as California attorney general during a Democratic primary debate.
“I’m concerned about this record of Senator Harris. She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said at the time, according to Business Insider.
Those remarks were made in reference to a 2019 radio interview in which Harris said she listened to the music of Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg while getting high in college. According to Business Insider, Gabbard said:
She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California, and she fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.
Considering the fine line Biden has been attempting to walk between the moderate and far-left wings of his party, it may be that Sen. Harris is simply too controversial for further consideration as a vice presidential pick — but only time will tell.