Vice President Kamala Harris has been fairly quiet throughout Donald Trump’s second impeachment process, so she was likely shocked to hear her name pop up in the contentious proceedings on Friday.
Harris has been dragged into the conversation as to what constitutes “incitement of violence” — a definition Democrats must establish in order to convict Donald Trump. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked impeachment managers on Friday if Harris’s language in support of Black Lives Matter protestors and rioters qualifies as incitement under Democrats’ “proposed standard.”
Cruz explained the reasoning behind his pointed question: “While violent riots were raging, Kamala Harris said on national TV, ‘They’re not gonna let up, and they should not,'” referencing comments Harris made during an interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert last June.
Cruz also reminded viewers that Harris also infamously asked supporters to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a bail fund created to bail violent rioters — including a number of alleged child molesters and sex criminals — out of jail.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
Of course, Harris did not direct anyone to specifically commit violence, but neither did Donald Trump. Democrat impeachment managers spent much of this week arguing that Trump urging supporters to “fight” for what they believe in qualifies as incitement. By that standard, Kamala Harris directly incited violence among Black Lives Matter supporters.
“Using the manager’s proposed standard, is there any coherent way for Donald Trump’s words to be incitement and Kamala Harris’s words not to be incitement?” Cruz asked Democrat impeachment managers.
Impeachment lead Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) was taken aback by the question, responding that he was “not familiar” with Harris’s comments but that it is “absolutely unimaginable that Vice President Harris would ever incite violence or encourage or promote violence. Obviously, it’s completely irrelevant to the proceeding at hand, and I will allow her to defend herself.”