The Democratic Party’s presidential ticket has had some early trouble defining itself in terms other than opposition to President Donald Trump.
That clumsy messaging was exemplified when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, declared that she would be addressing issues from “outside the system” if elected. The claim was roundly rebuked by Republican critics, including U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), as reported by Breitbart.
“What life is like outside the system”
Gaetz’s response to Harris came on Monday during a radio interview with conservative host Sebastian Gorka. He wedged in his point following the host’s question about separate comments regarding Black Lives Matter.
“Before we get to that, did Kamala Harris literally say she understands what it is like being outside the system?” Gaetz asked, according to Breitbart.
He went on to allege that the senator is “a straight-up machine candidate” who moved up the political ladder by playing the game within that very system.
“So, I’m not entirely sure Kamala Harris is here to lecture any of us on what life is like outside the system,” the congressman added, as Breitbart reported.
As for Gorka’s initial question, which hinged on reports that Harris touted the Black Lives Matter movement’s “brilliance,” Gaetz was similarly outspoken.
He asserted that the “explicitly Marxist” organization is the opposite of brilliant, especially considering the failure rate of the radical positions it represents when instituted in real-life situations.
Harris extols BLM’s “brilliance”
Harris has faced accusations of political opportunism throughout her career, as detailed in a June 2019 piece by the Washington Examiner.
She left her job as a deputy prosecutor in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in 1994, when she began dating well-connected Democratic state Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, who was 30 years her senior.
The same year, she received a cushy and well-compensated position on the board of the now-defunct California Medical Assistance Commission. Even after the couple broke up, Brown reportedly remained an influential force behind her upward political mobility.
It might be fashionable to be known as an outsider in today’s political climate, but Harris’ record is on full display — and Gaetz is certainly not the only observer to be more than a little skeptical of her claim.