January 11, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris’ media blitz ahead of her likely 2020 presidential run has already gotten off to a disastrous start.
During an interview Wednesday with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the California Democrat was asked about reports that indicated she was not aware of a recent harassment settlement involving one of her top advisers.
Harris responded by implying that her office was too big to notice that one of her top aides had been sexually harassing people.
She also did not issue an actual apology to the alleged victims or for her lack of leadership on the issue, but rather acted as if she was the victim by saying the “experience” was “very painful” for her.
“You were a leader of the #MeToo movement, you were very vocal on the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kavanaugh,” Tapper said. “An unfortunate thing happened on your staff, which is one of your top aides had to resign a few weeks ago, Larry Wallace.”
“Right,” Harris said, nodding her head in agreement.
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Tapper then detailed how Wallace helped Harris run the California Department of Justice when she served as the state’s Attorney General.
“As somebody who is a leader of the #MeToo movement, how did this happen and you didn’t know about it?” Tapper pressed. “And what did you learn about it given that it kind of struck close to home?”
Harris said it was a “very painful experience” for her, playing up the victim card, and suggested her office simply had too many employees — “almost 5,000” — for her to notice.
While Democrats claim to be the leaders of the #MeToo movement, several of their top potential top 2020 candidates have been plagued with issues of sexual harassment.
Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he was “a little bit busy” to notice that several women experienced sexual harassment…