Joe Biden and Kamala Harris didn’t exactly have the friendliest of debates this past week, to say the least. But after the debate elevated Harris’ profile, many on the far right – including Donald Trump Junior – proceeded to launch racist attacks on her. Several of the Democratic candidates spoke out in defense of Harris, including Biden.
Donald Trump Jr and others on the far right began questioning if Kamala Harris was truly a “black American” because she’s half-Jamaican and half-Indian. After widespread condemnation, Junior deleted his tweet, and his spokesman made the absurd claim that Junior was referring to something else entirely. Then the New York Times put these racist attacks front and center.
At that point several of Kamala Harris’ Democratic opponents slammed this nonsense, including Joe Biden, who posted this tweet: “The same forces of hatred rooted in ‘birtherism’ that questioned @BarackObama’s American citizenship, and even his racial identity, are now being used against Senator Kamala Harris. It’s disgusting and we have to call it out when we see it. Racism has no place in America.”
The Democratic Party has been having a challenging week, as various activists and voters have been lining up to take sides with either Kamala Harris or Joe Biden, often at the expense of the other. But because Donald Trump Jr and Team Trump overplayed their hand as they so often do, the equation has changed.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report