For once, something from anonymous sources came true! California Democrat Senator Kamala Harris has officially thrown her hat into the 2020 presidential race.

She made the announcement on Good Morning America.

From The Washington Examiner:

“I feel a responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are, and that fight will always include — as one of the highest priorities — our national security,” the Democrat from California said when asked what qualifies her to be president, referencing the government shutdown over clashes of how to handle border security.

Harris used her announcement to talk about her career as a prosecutor and her dedication to keeping people safe. She also discussed several ways she will increase national security, but made no mention of President Trump’s proposed border wall.

“I am a career prosecutor,” Harris said. “My entire career has been focused on keeping people safe. It is probably one of the things that motivates me more than anything else. When I look at this moment in time, I know that the American people deserve someone that’s going to fight for them… and put them in front of self interest.”

I believe we all knew Harris would do this after California elected her as senator in 2016. She’s used her term to push herself into the center of attention and do anything she can during Senate confirmation hearings to build up her profile.

I doubt any of us will forget Harris’s behavior during the hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The announcement comes a few days after people on the left scrutinized Harris’s time as San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general. From Fox News:

The perception that Harris, 54, acted as a “progressive prosecutor” during her tenure as the district attorney of San Francisco and then California’s attorney general contradict her actions, a University of San Francisco associate law professor argues in an op-ed piece.

“Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent,” Lara Bazelon writes in the New York Times.

“Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors.”

Bazelon then lists multiple instances where the Democratic senator failed to embrace criminal justice reforms – either opposing them or declining to state an opinion.

She cites Harris’ reluctance to take a position in 2014 on opposition to Proposition 47, a voter-approved ballot measure that reduced certain low-level felonies to misdemeanors. Bazelon also takes issue with Harris for not supporting standards on body-worn cameras for police officers.

 
 
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