Former Vice President Joe Biden revealed on Tuesday afternoon that he had chosen California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. The announcement, made via a text to supporters, sparked an outpouring of responses. Many hailed Harris as a favorable choice given her experience as a U.S. senator, having already been put through the media wringer as a former presidential candidate, and being the first woman of color ever to be a part of a major party’s presidential ticket. Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, is Black and Asian-American.

Among those to offer full-throated declarations of support for the newly minted Biden-Harris ticket were liberal heavyweights Bernie Sanders, Stacey Abrams, and Barack Obama, the latter of whom asserted that the vice presidential pick is the “first important decision a president makes.”

“Senator Kamala Harris is nothing short of an exceptional choice for Vice President,” said HRC president Alphonso David in a statement, noting Harris’s role in ending the use of LGBTQ+ “panic” defenses and her fighting to overturn Proposition 8 in California as evidence of her pro-LGBTQ+ bona fides. Other positive aspects of Harris’s record on queer issues include her establishment of an LGBTQ+ hate crime unit as San Francisco district attorney and her early support of marriage equality. (Harris performed same-sex marriages herself when San Francisco briefly legalized the freedom to marry in 2004.)

But contrary to the Democratic establishment’s rosy assessment of Harris’s vice presidential candidacy, a substantial cohort of progressives and leftists greeted the news with trenchant critiques of her career, both as a prosecutor (Harris was district attorney in San Francisco from 2004 until 2011, when she became California’s attorney general) and as a lawmaker in the U.S. Senate.

 

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By Wren Sanders

 

August 14th, 2020