• Sen. Kamala Harris Laughs Inappropriately — Attempts to Explain It.

    Surge Summary: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris appears to laugh when a questioner refers to President Trump as “mentally retarded”. She now says she didn’t hear him say that and disavows his words. We’re all reminded: both sides need to watch the insulting rhetoric.

    Looks like Kamala Harris violated the strictures of modern decency on a number of fronts the other day.

    The Blaze’s Chris Enloe supplies the backstory:

    During a campaign stop in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on Friday, a supporter of Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) called President Donald Trump “mentally retarded.”

    “What are you going to do in the next one year to diminish the mentally retarded actions of this guy?” the supporter asked Harris, referring to Trump.

    “Well said. Well said,” Harris responded with a laugh. “Well, I plan to win this election, I’ll tell you that.”

    No surprise, especially nowadays, there was some backlash. Harris responded with an explanation Saturday: She “didn’t hear” the words the individual used despite her apparent amusement at what he said.

    “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,” Harris said. “I’m sorry. That word and others like it aren’t acceptable. Ever.”

    An NBC reporter confronted her later at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention, but the California Senator doubled down.

    According to Politico, she said,

    “Let me just be really clear. I would never condone that kind of language being spoken by anybody about anybody. It is offensive. … I would never condone anyone using that word in any way shape or form, even against the guy I am running against. Period.”

    Considering her seeming delight at the supporter’s crass word choice, some people weren’t buying Harris’ “didn’t hear” claim.

    “I’m glad you know you’re in the wrong, but what exactly were you laughing at? He asked what are you going to do about this President? If we believe your story you laugh at basic questions, or your lying. Not a good look,” one person responded on social media.

    “I think it’s clear that you heard him and supported his use of those words. If you get the nomination I will be voting third party,” another person said.

    One particularly biting comment:

    “This is the, what, 7th or 8th time that Harris has claimed impaired hearing to excuse herself from accountability in the campaign?”

    “You told him ‘that’s a great way to put it’ but, okayyyyyy,” another critic said.

    “Those hurt by these words hear them clearly whenever they are used, like hateful racial slurs, they ring clear to those that suffer from their violent history. If you didn’t hear what the man yelled out, what exactly were you laughing at when you replied ‘well said’?” another person responded.

    The feisty Democratic presidential candidate blew it in more than one way: Like him or not, Donald Trump is president of the United States. The office, all by itself confers a certain level of dignity. Demeaning him as “mentally retarded” is disrespectful and shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone. Had conservatives ever called Barack Obama “mentally retarded” while he occupied the Oval Office – and I’m sure some childish ones did – that would have been in equally bad form.

    Additionally, in 2019 it is considered scurrilous to use that word combo as an insult or, according to contemporary Progressives, in any context — even if describing an actual physical condition. (Harris admitted as much in her dubious apology.)

    Finally, a word of admonition to conservatives: If we take exception to this kind of verbiage, we should refrain from it ourselves. Period. When the president or his supporters reflexively go to the harsh personal attack against those who differ with them? Never wise. Refute bad ideas and actions; refrain from gratuitous ad hominin assaults.

    When either side, or both sides, are settling on the “insult-the-speaker” option? Nobody wins. Society surely does not.

    H/T: The Blaze/Chris Enloe

    Image: adapted from: Mobilus In Mobili – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60579717

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