Swathes of critics went after Vice President Kamala Harris this past weekend as one video clip of her made the rounds in which she claimed that no one should be put in jail for smoking marijuana.
The comments from harris followed directly behind the Thursday announcement from President Joe Biden in which he declared mass pardons for those who have previously been issued federal convictions of drug charges — and went in the opposite direction of her record from her time as a prosecutor in California.
VP HARRIS: "Nobody should have to go to jail for smoking weed." pic.twitter.com/yHDGeUyQ9e
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“And speaking of the system of justice,” started the VP. “We are also changing — y’all might have heard that this week — the federal government’s approach to marijuana.”
To the sounds of a cheering crowd, harris went on, “Because the bottom line there is nobody should have to go to jail for smoking weed.”
John Dennis, the Chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party who is attempting to go against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her spot in COngress, hurled criticism at the vice president via social media, stating, “Shameless. As California Attorney General Harris sent people to jail for …smoking weed.”
“The hypocrisy is staggering,” added actor Matthew Marsden.
“Clearly, Kamala has forgotten her legacy in California,” highlighted U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Meuser (R-CA).
“REMINDER: Kamala Harris has sent at least 1,560 people to prison for marijuana-related offenses,” stated Steve Guest, who holds the role of special communications advisor to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“Kamala Harris comes out against Kamala Harris,” tacked on Dan King.
“Say what you will about Kamala but at least she’s consistent,” commented @MattsIdeaShop.
“Now … people can change. But this still funny,” stated O’Shea via social media.
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A large number of critics highlighted that during the presidential campaign of 2020 — and the moment that many think the presidential run for Harris actually ended — was when Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) pointed out a few details concerning the record of the former prosecutor on the debate stage.
“I want to bring the conversation back to the broken criminal justice system that is disproportionately negatively affecting black and brown people all across this country today,” started Gabbard, adding, “Now, Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record.”
“There are too many examples to cite,” Gabbard went on. “She put over 1500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”