Senator Kamala Harris is facing some backlash on Twitter after she appeared to agree with a person at a campaign rally who asked a question, and at one point described President Trump’s actions as “mentally retarded.” Harris responded to the man that his comments were “well said.” Video of the incident was tweeted by a disabled health care advocate.
During a rally, a man referred to President Trump’s actions as “mentally retarded”, to which Kamala Harris replied laughing and saying, “well said, well said.”
Harris told CBS News’ Caitlin Huey-Burns in an interview that she did not register the offensive term used in the moment, claiming she did not “hear or process or in any way condone” it.
“It’s an incredibly offensive term,” Harris said in an interview. “It’s offensive and you would think that in the year 2019, people would have a much better understanding of how hurtful a term like that can be.”
“I heard him talk about the other stuff and then that came later and it was not something that I really heard or processed … or in any way condone, that’s for sure,” Harris continued.
In a follow-up after CBS News’ interview, Harris wrote that “when my staff played the video from my town hall yesterday, it was upsetting. I didn’t hear the words the man used in that moment, but if I had I would’ve stopped and corrected him. I’m sorry. That word and others like it aren’t acceptable. Ever.”
When my staff played the video from my town hall yesterday, it was upsetting. I didn’t hear the words the man used in that moment, but if I had I would’ve stopped and corrected him. I’m sorry. That word and others like it aren’t acceptable. Ever. https://t.co/mNmo1hyNpW
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 7, 2019
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