Right-Wing Media Is Already Hurling Racist, Misogynist Fire At Kamala Harris

Written by on August 12, 2020

Inside minutes of Joe Biden’s announcement that Kamala Harris can be his working mate on the Democratic presidential ticket, outstanding voices within the right-wing media and the Trump administration began pushing the narrative that Harris is the one who’s actually in cost. This was not some sudden recognition of feminine empowerment or a nod to simply how historic the choose is; fairly it was a deliberate prelude to launch misogynistic and racist gutter assaults that the suitable has been unable to make in opposition to Biden. 

Donald Trump Jr. instantly tweeted out the hit video from father’s reelection marketing campaign on the Democratic senator with the road: “May as effectively swap the hashtag to #HarrisBiden2020,” including that she will probably be calling all of the photographs, “not sluggish Joe!” 

Fox Information’ Greg Gutfeld even posited that Biden will drop out quickly to make manner for Harris. “When he drops out, does she transfer to develop into the ‘P’? Or does she keep at VP, or they put one thing else in there?” he requested Tuesday. 

Biden is extra average than Harris, permitting the suitable to gasoline fears of a radical left agenda taking on the Democratic ticket. However these assaults additionally opened the floodgates to a deluge of racism and misogyny, two hallmarks of President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign fashion.

Sadly, it really works: Trump launched his profession on birtherism, and sexism was one of many key elements that helped him win the 2016 presidential election. Trump was wildly misogynistic all through that cycle’s marketing campaign, infamously calling Hillary Clinton “a nasty lady” throughout a debate. Nor was his marketing campaign derailed when he was heard on leaked 2005 audio admitting to grabbing ladies “by the pussy” ― only one instance of his lengthy historical past of sexist remarks

Trump and the right-wing media are already using these techniques now that there’s a lady of shade within the race. 

Conservative media has jumped on the bandwagon that Harris is meritless and chosen for the ticket due to her race and gender; chalking up the choose as a typical affirmative motion rent. “[Biden] seen the entire thing as a box-checking train for the ‘woke’ crowd. He ought to have made his alternative simply on advantage however now he’s caught with Harris,” Fox Information’ Laura Ingraham mentioned

Gutfeld took an analogous method, complaining that individuals gained’t be allowed to criticize Harris as a result of it will likely be seen as racist or sexist. “Any criticism that will probably be leveled at [Harris] will probably be seen as sexist or racist. She’s received the bi-fecta going,” Gutfield mentioned throughout a Fox Information phase. 

Fox Information anchor Martha MacCallum mentioned that focusing the working mate search on ladies of shade “takes away” from the choice course of. Within the identical phase, senior Trump marketing campaign adviser Katrina Pierson lamented, “Wouldn’t or not it’s good to focus simply on {qualifications} as a substitute of id politics?” 

Kamala Harris will not be an African American. Proper-wing media host Mark Levin

Conservative media host Mark Levin and far-right conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza each instantly launched right into a perverse new birtherism declare, declaring that Harris ― who’s half Indian and half Jamaican ― will not be really Black. 

“Kamala Harris will not be an African American,” Levin mentioned in a weird video, citing that as a result of her ancestry doesn’t allegedly return to American slavery, she will not be African American. “I solely level that out as a result of if you happen to dare increase that you simply’re attacked, however the reality is that she’s not. I simply wished to make that clear. Her ancestry doesn’t return to American slavery. To one of the best of my information, her ancestry doesn’t return to slavery in any respect.” 

D’Souza additionally questioned if Harris is Black, citing that her Jamaican father apparently traced his ancestry again to a outstanding slave proprietor. 

Fox Information host Tucker Carlson made headlines for intentionally mispronouncing Harris’ first identify whereas criticizing her on his Tuesday night present. When a visitor tried to appropriate him, Carlson blew up and complained, “You’re not allowed to criticize Kamala Harris or Kamala Harris or no matter!”

In the identical phase, Carlson introduced up Harris’ courting historical past and urged that an ex-boyfriend, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, “launched” her political profession.  

The Trump world’s method to Harris was considerably scattershot, with the Biden marketing campaign counting no less than 20 traces of assault the president’s marketing campaign used in opposition to her. Apparently it’s nonetheless attempting to determine methods to greatest smear her. However racism and misogyny had been central to the assaults. 

Harris’ aggressive questioning of Brett Kavanaugh throughout his Supreme Courtroom affirmation listening to in 2018 was fodder for criticism, as effectively. Trump known as Harris “very, very nasty,” including that as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she was “terribly nasty” to Kavanaugh throughout the listening to. He added that Trump he “gained’t overlook” anytime quickly.

Former White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders mentioned on a Fox & Mates phase that Harris was “merciless” to Kavanaugh, calling him “a superb and respectable particular person” who Harris tried to “destroy” with “malicious lies.” And right-wing media outlet Breitbart already ran a full article claiming that Harris led a “smear marketing campaign” in opposition to Kavanaugh because the now-high court docket justice was questioned about accusations that he sexually assaulted an acquaintance throughout his highschool years.  

Trump himself ― in addition to his daughter, Ivanka ― have really donated cash to Harris. He donated a complete of $6,000 to her marketing campaign for California lawyer basic in 2011 and 2013. 

In response to Pierson, these previous donations are definitive proof that Trump will not be racist. 

“The president, as a personal businessman, donated to candidates throughout all aisles,” she instructed reporters on Tuesday, “and I’ll observe that Kamala Harris is a Black lady and he donated to her marketing campaign, so I hope we will squash this racism argument now.”

Lower than 24 hours later, Trump tweeted that the Biden-Harris ticket can be dangerous for the “suburban housewife” as a result of, if elected, Biden would reinstate low-income housing packages that might create “security” issues in suburban communities. And ― to high it off ― Trump warned that in a Biden administration, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who’s Black, can be in control of housing coverage. 

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