‘I did inhale!’ Kamala Harris pulls a giggly U-turn on pot legalization
“I did inhale,” the California congresswoman giggled, claiming it was untrue she opposed legalizing the drug. “It was a long time ago!” she laughed, adding self-consciously, “I just broke news!”
“Half my family is from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?” Harris replied, when one of the hosts of nationally-syndicated radio show the Breakfast Club confided he had heard the former prosecutor was against legalization – an increasingly unpopular position among voters, nearly two-thirds of whom support legalizing and taxing marijuana.
“I think it gives a lot of people joy,” Harris said slyly, by way of an answer when pressed on whether she’d smoke again if it was legal. “And we need more joy.”Also on rt.com Russia exploited ‘racist, sexist, anti-Semitic’ US to divide people, tweets ‘insane’ Kamala Harris
The giggly Harris' answer was slightly different than the one she gave last time she was asked about recreational marijuana, back in 2014 – and judging by the response on Twitter, voters aren’t planning on letting her forget it any time soon.
She was locking people up and ruining their lives for this and literally laughing at the idea of legalizaton all the way into 2014... pic.twitter.com/LLV808euPN— Jon ☃️ (@Jondoespolitics) February 11, 2019
Yet she opposed legalization in 2010 and 2015.Guess she was waiting to see in which direction the wind blew.Wait - that's a follower, not a leader.— Telegram Sam (@SammySeabreeze) February 11, 2019
Here she is in 2014 saying the opposite pic.twitter.com/XwPSmlnzry— twbpnl (@twbpnl) February 11, 2019
With an increasingly-crowded Democratic primary looming ahead in 2020, Harris may be worried her mainstream media support isn’t enough to carry her to the general, especially with the controversies surrounding her pre-congressional law-and-order record as California’s Attorney General.
Shes bad for the poor and people of color. I could never vote for someone against body cameras or put parents in prison because their child was truant.— The Encrypted Afro (@TheNerdyNegro) February 11, 2019
"That's a real honest answer..."Right. You mean that based on polling is a popular thing to say. Sorry but she loves putting black, brown and poor people in prison. Fuck no she doesn't get my vote.— The Encrypted Afro (@TheNerdyNegro) February 11, 2019
Really insulting to black people to think this is their main concern! Did you press her on her prosecution history? Her taking money from AIPAC & being in bed with Israel, the same country that trains the nypd etc.— trashtv (@trashtv7) February 11, 2019
But given the reactions on social media, Harris will have to go quite a ways to distance herself from those days.
What a hypocrite #KamalaHarris is. She and her comrades shipwrecked my world over LEGAL weed from 1998 to 2001. Mama's in SF can smoke pot because of me fighting for the right. 3 trials! Kamala led charge didn't get them though. https://t.co/8bXaD9MAXd— Ramona Mayon (@46thUSPresident) February 11, 2019
A good follow up would of been how many people has she locked up for smoking.— Mac (@Absalom1017) February 11, 2019
Several people even compared her to Hillary Clinton – another Democrat who played for authenticity and lost (Harris happened to hire people from Clinton's campaign staff for her own run).
I got the Hillary feels again just btw she answering is not genuine... it’s someone answering but has another motive. Translation: Yes I smoked but you mfs wish tf I would legalize it across all 50.. but if these sinful answers get your vote... pic.twitter.com/Wp24wbUb50— Big Ace (@CanonCartel) February 11, 2019
Hillary 2.0— SaySomething (@HopefulPatriots) February 11, 2019
There were a few supporters, as well, however – focusing on the “joy” Harris brings them.
It DOES bring a lot of people joy. Is this a POTUS hopeful being candid and truthful? now THAT'S bringing me joy....— Kev (@kman_101) February 11, 2019
Most of Harris’ primary opponents, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), are already on the record supporting marijuana legalization.