Heat for Harris over ‘heavily edited’ video of Kavanaugh remarks

Freshman Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is under fire for tweeting what Fox News described as a “heavily edited” video showing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh responding to a question about birth control during his confirmation hearings, even earning her a blistering “Four Pinocchios” from the Washington Post fact checker.

 

California Sen. Kamala Harris is taking heat for an apparent “out of context” swipe at Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Screen snip, YouTube, CNN)

The short video excerpt shows the judge mentioning “abortion-inducing drugs.” However, the remarks appear in context as referring to the opinion of a plaintiff in a 2013 legal action, Fox News noted, “rather than stating his actual views.”

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Harris tweeted about the remark intimating that Kavanaugh would, if appointed to the high court, become a threat to women’s abortion rights, according to the Fox News report.

The Washington Free Beacon also reported on the story, noting “PolitiFact determined that Harris’s tweet was misleading. ‘In Harris’ tweet, Kavanaugh appears to define contraception as abortion-inducing. But the video failed to include a crucial qualifier: ‘They said.’ In fact, he was citing the definition of the religious group Priests for Life. He has not expressed his personal view.”

According to Fox, Harris is “considered a likely presidential contender for 2020.” The former California attorney general, Harris succeeded former Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Opposition to Kavanaugh among Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee was evident almost from the opening gavel. Harris is certain to be a “NO” vote on confirmation of the conservative jurist, who would become President Donald Trump’s second appointment to the high court.

In a scathing critique of Sen. Harris, Becket Adams writing in the Washington Examiner asserted that she is “rapidly gaining a reputation as the most dishonest senator” in its headline.

“Harris’ tweets, which have accumulated a combined 17,000 re-tweets, are designed explicitly to mislead voters about the Supreme Court nominee, who uttered those words in the course of explaining the legal position taken by litigants in a case.”—Becket Adams, writing in the Washington Examiner

Harris has also come under criticism from other publications, but there is no indication that there will be any long term damage to her career in the Senate. But that could change if, or when, she announces her candidacy for the White House. It’s the sort of thing that comes back to haunt candidates during televised debates.

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