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Election 2020

Kamala Harris Stars in Her Own T-Shirt Ad (While Joe Biden Fades)

California senator, shortly after the conclusion of the debate the other night, pushed out a bold new fundraising effort

“Never let a bad or sad opportunity go to waste” is the calling card for Democrats, it seems to me.

Sen. Kamala Harris  (D-Calif.) is angry she was bused to school as a child growing up in California — and blames Joe Biden for it in part.

The Democrats this past Thursday night held their second evening of primary debates ahead of the 2020 presidential race.

Harris, who almost surely was going to mention race at some point, came through when she challenged Biden on the busing issue.

Biden was a senator back in those days who helped states’ rights — or at least that was the excuse he gave.

But as CNN pointed out in a summary of Biden’s stance, “Biden opposed busing more than four decades ago as a battle raged across the country — and in Congress — over sending white students to majority-black schools and black students to majority-white schools often far away from their own neighborhoods. Biden forcefully opposed the government’s role in trying to integrate schools, saying he favored desegregation, but believed busing did not achieve equal opportunity.”

Harris claimed the federal government should have stepped in. She said she was “part of the second class to integrate” her public schools and was bused to school every day.

At one point in the tense exchange, Harris said, “That little girl was me,” in terms of those who were bused to school.

Harris knew she had Biden on defense — which prompted her to become more emotional and angry. That sold well to the audience and those trying to thwart Biden’s lead among the candidates.

Harris is now using her quote to raise election donations, as several outlets have pointed out.

Perhaps the most memorable moment of Thursday’s debate was a jab from the California senator directed at the 76-year-old Biden over race issues. She declared, “That little girl was me,” in regard to Biden’s past reticence over forced integration of public schools through busing. She had previously criticized Biden’s recent comments about working with two notorious segregationists decades ago.

“It was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day,” Harris, 54, told Biden. “That little girl was me.”

During the debate, her campaign tweeted out a photo of her as a young child with pigtails and staring fiercely into the camera. The caption read, “There was a little girl in California who was bussed to school. That little girl was me. #DemDebate.” (source: Washington Examiner)

It couldn’t have hurt that badly if they are now putting it on T-shirts.

What do you think?

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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