Kamala Harris’ campaign is on life support, so she has resorted to going after Pete Buttigieg to try to gain some traction.
When Buttigieg made a loose comparison of his fight for rights as gay man to the battles minorities have had in this country, Harris called him “naïve.”
Not the Same Pete!
Harris believes Buttigieg is making a mistake by trying to compare the Civil Rights battle for African Americans to that of the plight of gay Americans in this country.
She stated, “Those of us who’ve been involved in Civil Rights for a long time we know that it is important that we not compare our struggles.
“It is not productive, it is not smart and strategically it works against what we need to do which is build coalition.
“We know that in our ongoing fight for civil rights if any one of us starts to differentiate ourselves in a certain way and in particular what he did on the stage, it’s just not productive. And I think it’s a bit naïve.”
Pete Fights Back
After Harris’ statement was reported, Buttigieg fired right back, claiming Harris was misrepresenting what he stated.
Buttigieg stated that “there’s no equating those two experiences.”
He added, “What I do think is important is for each of us to reveal who we are and what motivates us and it’s important for voters to understand what makes me tick, what moves me and my sources of motivation and ensuring that I stand up for others.
“Last night I shared that some of my sources of motivation included my personal experience, my governing experience and my personal faith.”
Buttigieg is actually right, as his comments during the debate were nowhere near what Harris was trying to spin.
During the debate, Buttigieg stated, “While I do not have the experience of ever having been discriminated against because of the color of my skin, I do have the experience of sometimes feeling like a stranger in my own country, turning on the news and seeing my own rights come up for debate.
“Wearing this wedding ring in a way that couldn’t have happened two elections ago lets me know just how deep my obligation is to help those whose rights are on the line every day, even if they are nothing like me in their experience.”
Harris made more accusations against Buttigieg on this front, but they are not even worth covering because everything she stated was a lie.
Why Harris is going after Buttigieg, though, remains a mystery.
While he has been rising in the polls, he has almost no support in minority communities nationwide, which means he has virtually no chance of winning the Democrat nod, let alone a general election.
It is more like Harris is trying to assure herself of simply not finishing last at this point, a path she is clearly headed down if her campaign continues to move backward in the fashion it has done over the last two months.