In an effort to reignite interest in her failing campaign, presidential hopeful Kamala Harris announced a boycott of an event being held at Benedict College, a largely African American institution.
However, after Harris pressured the school to drop the sponsor that was giving President Trump an award — the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center — she agreed to honor her agreement and appear after all, Breitbart reports.
The outrage by Harris all started when Donald Trump was given an award for the criminal justice reform that has taken place during this administration.
Harris was furious that Trump would be honored, claiming he has never done anything for criminal justice other than being a criminal himself.
After she announced her boycott, Harris apparently reached out to Benedict College and told them that unless the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center was dropped as a sponsor, she would not be honoring her promise to appear.
On Saturday, Harris’ campaign announced that 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center had been dropped, and she would now be making her appearance.
But Were They Really Dropped?
As the conference took place, several reporters made note that it did not look like 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center had been dropped as a sponsor. The group was still very active and posting on social media as though it were still a major sponsor of the event.
— 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center (@the2020club) October 26, 2019
Needless to say, this was extremely confusing to reporters, who had been informed the group was no longer associated with the forum.
UPDATE: @the2020club still claims to be sponsoring the candidate portion of the forum. And they are advertising @KamalaHarris as a participant. This contradicts @SteveBenjaminSC, @BenedictEDU and other campaigns.
Grab your popcorn, folks. 🍿 pic.twitter.com/dkrQtmeSyq
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) October 26, 2019
According to Benedict College trustee Steve Benjamin: “This event is not a 20/20 event.” Clearly, though, someone forgot to tell 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center that.
It seems more like Harris was told what she wanted to hear to ensure she would still make her appearance. Even The Washington Post noted: “It wasn’t clear in what ways the sponsor was no longer affiliated with the event because the group maintained a presence there throughout the day.”