Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, tore fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Claiming she refused to answer direct criticism of her file.
Harris is the wrong candidate to usher in a record of criminal justice reform because of her record as a former prosecutor in California, Gabbard claimed on Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“Voters deserve to know the truth,” she said.
“The decision that the American people have before them is crucial. The decision that Democrats have for them about who their candidate should be is very important.
“They deserve to know the truth about the candidates in front of them, and especially about the issue of criminal justice reform affecting so many people in this country because it is so broken and an unjust criminal justice system.”
During Wednesday’s debate, the Gabbard challenged Harris’s record and claimed that she imprisoned hundreds of people for marijuana violations and subsequently noted her earlier reported use of cannabis in a more recent interview.
“Senator Harris says she is proud of her record as a public prosecutor and that she will be a public prosecutor, but I am very worried about this record,” Gabbard said.
“There are too many examples to mention, but she has imprisoned more than 1,500 people for marijuana violations and then laughed when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”
She also accused Harris of maintaining the bail system that, in her view, hurt disproportionately poor people. Gabbard accused Harris of keeping prisoners out of their sentence to use them as “cheap labor” and blocking evidence that “an innocent man would have released from death row.”
In a February performance in the radio program “The Breakfast Club” in New York, Harris spoke about her opinion about marijuana.
“I think it gives many people joy. And we need more joy in the world, “Harris said at the time.
In her interview with Carlson, Gabbard said the Californian democrat owed an apology to some of them whom she helped behind bars.
She added that the role of the state agent offered Harris the opportunity to change the criminal justice reform.
“Senator Kamala Harris was able to make a difference when she served as an attorney general,” she said.
“As I noted last night, she did not keep the promise she claims to have, namely a champion for the people, a champion for the oppressed. In fact, she did the exact opposite.
“She made decisions that ultimately hurt people.”
In addition, Gabbard said the Harris campaign “stained” her after the debate.
“The reactions from her and her campaign … were in fact cheap lobes and in fact say that I am a traitor or a foreign agent or a Trojan horse or whatever.”
“This is on many levels about how a senator Harris would rule as president, that if there are people who are critics of her or her record of service – you know for me that I am a double veteran of broadcasts in the Middle East, I am currently a soldier in the army, I am a sitting member of Congress – and she is putting me off this way. Imagine what she would do to someone else. “