Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is the latest Democrat to jump on the deception shuttle to, she hopes, the White House in 2020. She tweeted an 11-second video of soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in which he says, “Filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objected to.”
The problem? Kavanaugh was answering a question about and specifically citing the language of a specific case involving Priests for Life.
Harris takes deceptive editing to jaw-droppingly unethical depths by saying that Kavanaugh’s language, which is not actually his language at all, is a “dog whistle” for, she asserts, “going after birth control.”
Kavanaugh chooses his words very carefully, and this is a dog whistle for going after birth control. He was nominated for the purpose of taking away a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make her own health care decisions. Make no mistake – this is about punishing women. pic.twitter.com/zkBjXzIvQI
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) September 7, 2018
Setting aside the fact that the right is not “going after birth control,” missing from this clip are the key words just before this clip starts: “They said.”
“It was a technical matter of filing out a form in that case. But they said filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objected to.”
Just to emphasize the level of dishonesty here from @KamalaHarris : She actually cuts out the “they said” portion of the sentence in her video to make it seem like he is giving his view. These people are shameless.
— AG (@AGHamilton29) September 7, 2018
Watch the full context as it happened in the hearings:
The “they” Kavanaugh is alluding to is the pro-life Catholic Priests for Life, who sued for a religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. When the case came before the Tenth Circuit, Kavanaugh dissented from the decision not to take up the case, and Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz asked during the hearing why he did so.
. . . Kavanaugh was summarizing the Priest for Life‘s position in that case, which is that the law made them complicit in the provision of birth control to their employees, contrary to Catholic teachings. Sure enough, the priest’s brief said they objected to “abortion-inducing products, contraception … sterilization, or related counseling.”
Kavanaugh made no comments during the hearing or in his opinion that suggesting he agreed with the priests’ assessment of some forms of birth control. Nor did he need to. In religious liberty cases, it’s irrelevant whether or not the judges believe the petitioner’s religious beliefs are logical or rational. Surely eight Supreme Court justices didn’t endorse the use of mind-altering drugs when they upheld Native Americans’ right to use them in religious ceremonies (although some of Ginsburg’s dissents make me wonder).
Harris tweeted such an onerously and grossly misleading portion of the statement that it literally starts in mid-sentence. This was no accident.
Kamala Harris was the AG for California. She knows Kavanaugh is specifically citing the terminology from the case. This isn’t just a mistake out of ignorance, it’s an intentional dishonest smear against BK. One of several from her this week. https://t.co/rAouyxodmm
— AG (@AGHamilton29) September 7, 2018
The Free Beacon continues:
Harris (or, let’s be honest, her staff) took the video of Kavanaugh’s comments and cut it off mid-sentence, and only left off the parts that indicated Kavanaugh was alluding to someone else’s beliefs.The video even capitalizes “Filling” in the video’s subtitles, making it seem like it was the start of a sentence.There’s no way they didn’t know what they were doing, and they did it with clear malice aforethought.
CNN unsurprisingly, and still on its race to the ratings bottom, ran with it.
This tweet is wildly misleading.
Kavanaugh did not refer to contraceptives as “abortion-inducing drugs” as his own view, he was summarizing Priests for Life’s case.
Very silly to suggest otherwise.https://t.co/OveJByQswc
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) September 7, 2018
Contrary to the first principle of propagandists, lies never become truth no matter how often they are told or how many people believe them. Eventually, the truth will out. “Eventually” in this case was the same day.
Harris had to have known that her lie would not stand, that it wouldn’t take long for the right to discover and point out her deception. But she, like many wallowing in the DC swamp, counts on her party’s base being too lazy to do their own research, too ensconced in their leftist bubble to hear “wrong thoughts,” and too caught up in the frenzy of Trump-deranged #Resistance and its mindless opposition to Kavanaugh that they will never learn that she is feeding them deliberate lies.
Nor will they, Harris is doubtlessly confident, discover that they are being purposefully manipulated, duped, and used. She knows the leftstream media and Big Tech are on board and that the vast majority of the Democrat base is unlikely to find out that she is deliberately deceiving them in order to stir up their anxiety, to feed their fears, to control and drive them.
Faced with backlash over her deception, Harris tweeted the full context of the quote, but inexplicably doubled-down on her “dog whistle” nonsense that is belied by the context.
Here is Kavanaugh's full answer. There's no question that he uncritically used the term "abortion-inducing drugs," which is a dog whistle term used by extreme anti-choice groups to describe birth control. pic.twitter.com/PMbZzu8DqD
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) September 8, 2018
Text from above tweet (lest it mysteriously disappear from her timeline when she realizes she just doubled-down on stupid):
“Here is Kavanaugh’s full answer. There’s no question that he uncritically used the term “abortion-inducing drugs,” which is a dog whistle term used by extreme anti-choice groups to describe birth control.”
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