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Kamala Harris Records Cringe Campaign Video for Terry McAuliffe That Will Air at 300 Virginia Churches

Kamala Harris Records Cringe Campaign Video for Terry McAuliffe That Will Air at 300 Virginia Churches

“I believe that my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs at this moment,” VP Harris said before urging churchgoers to go vote.

https://twitter.com/evamckend/status/1449510191079301122

CNN reported Saturday that Vice President Kamala Harris had recorded a campaign video on behalf of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe that was set to air at some 300 black churches ahead of the November 2nd election in the state.

In the video clips, which you can see below (the total speech time was around three minutes), Harris spoke about how she was taught in the Oakland church she says her family went to when she was growing up about how it was “our sacred responsibility to raise our voice and lift up the voices of our community.” She stated that one of the “most significant ways” we can use our voices was through voting.

She then proceeded to urge churchgoers to vote for McAuliffe. “I believe that my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs at this moment,” she proclaimed before telling people why she believed they should send McAuliffe “back to Richmond.” Towards the end of her remarks, Harris encouraged church attendees to go and vote after church services or to schedule a time to go vote during the early voting period.

Watch:

Beyond the speech causing cringemeters across the country to explode as is often the case when she speaks in public, critics of Harris’ video were quick to point out that for the churches, this seemed to be a pretty clear violation of federal law:

Here’s the specific text from the IRS website:

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

This provision of the tax code is otherwise known as the “Johnson Amendment,” and it’s something former President Trump lobbied to get repealed during his administration due in part to the frequent criticisms from Democrats including the Obama-Biden administration of alleged partisan activity by churches on behalf of conservative/Republican candidates.

In response to the targeting of churches by the Obama IRS, Republicans in Congress also tried to change or get rid of the Johnson Amendment during the first couple of years Trump’s time in office but were unsuccessful.

That said, regardless of one’s view of whether partisan politicking by churches on behalf of political candidates should be allowed, the Johnson Amendment is still on the books. And we all know that Democrats would be absolutely howling at the moon if Trump or former Vice President Mike Pence were still in office and had been the ones cutting this campaign video on behalf of Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin. But the rules, as always, are different for Democrats, and beyond a smattering of “Republicans pounce and seize on Kamala video” reports from the media, we won’t hear much else about the illegality of what took place.

Beyond that, Harris campaigning for McAuliffe at this late stage in the race is a sign that his campaign is in trouble, reflected in polls which show that this race has tightened considerably since McAuliffe said the quiet part out loud a few weeks ago during a televised debate about how “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Not only has he brought in Harris, but also recently campaigning on his behalf among others have been First Lady Jill Biden, former President Barack Obama, and failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams. The latter is a rather interesting choice considering McAuliffe’s repeated and false claims about Youngkin allegedly not believing the 2020 presidential election was fairly decided.

McAuliffe has proven to be his own worst enemy in the final weeks of the campaign, with past statements and current ones coming back to bite him in the you-know-where in a big way. It remains to be seen if a Harris endorsement will help him over the finish line, but considering she was so unpopular with Democrat voters that she dropped out of the 2020 presidential campaign race in 2019 before the first primary votes were even cast, all signs point to “probably not helping.”

As always, stay tuned.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —

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Conservative Beaner | October 17, 2021 at 2:23 pm

Nothing new here. Dems have been violating separation of church and state and handing out walking money to get the black vote since the 60s.

    When Obama was running the second time, there was a tv news story about Michelle voting ahead of time.

    Michelle was seen hustling for votes WITHIN A POLLING PLACE!

    Of course, nothing came of it.

    WTH has this got to do with the “separation of church and state”? There’s nothing unconstitutional about churches endorsing candidates; it merely threatens their 501(c)(3) status.

    And no, this is new. Until now the black churches have generally been careful not to cross that line, or at least not to be caught crossing it. They can invite a candidate to speak from the pulpit, so long as she doesn’t actually say the words “vote for me”. Then the minister can urge people to vote, and they can run a bus to the polls, but the one thing they can’t do is say explicitly how people should vote. They do a good job making it obvious without saying it. That’s why this is different. Harris explicitly endorses a candidate, so any church showing the video should lose its 501(c)(3) status.

    (Note: As opposed to 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s are allowed to endorse candidates, so long as that isn’t their main activity. They have to do something besides partisan politics, and then they can also do that on the side. But 501(c)(3)s are only allowed to do non-partisan politics. )

      bhwms in reply to Milhouse. | October 18, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      The words “separation of church and state” is found nowhere in the Constitution.

      CaptTee in reply to Milhouse. | October 18, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      Do you suppose the Democrats are trying to force a test case to eliminate the 501(c)(3) restriction which prevents them from openly campaigning in churches on their plantation?

      diver64 in reply to Milhouse. | October 23, 2021 at 6:49 am

      Agreed, this has nothing to do with the fictional “church and state” argument but just their tax status. Federal employees are not allowed to campaign while being paid by the government so there is that, also. It’s why sitting Presidents while campaigning for re-election either reimburse the cost of flying Air Force One around or are careful to meet with local officials about something or other while in a locality. Fiction of course but they still do it.

    I wonder if Heels-up-Harris will ever regret her choices ?

Wait until Leftism is finally declared a religion, but until then it’s a two tier law system.

Very appropriate Halloween video. Will scare the heck out of little kids!

2smartforlibs | October 17, 2021 at 3:06 pm

If churches have become political arms for the DNC they need to lose their tax-exempt status.

    And who’s going to take it from them.

    The Deep State Democrats sure as hell aren’t.

    You think Bitch McConnell and the RINOs have the balls to do it, even if they get back in power?

      lichau in reply to Olinser. | October 17, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      “You think Bitch McConnell and the RINOs have the balls to do it, even if they get back in power?”

      ….Repeal and Replace

      Civil RICO suit. File it in a friendly jurisdiction.

      Milhouse in reply to Olinser. | October 18, 2021 at 9:40 am

      It would be very easy to force the IRS to take it from them. Just let one small 501(c)(3) openly endorse Youngkin, and dare the IRS to take away its status, then challenge it in court by pointing to the 300 churches that did the same thing and were left alone. That would force the IRS to treat them the same, or else declare the Johnson amendment dead.

E Howard Hunt | October 17, 2021 at 3:23 pm

Apparitions of Kamala in churches? Why it’s miraculous! Not exactly the Holy Virgin- more so the Hoey Virginian.

Sure, go ahead and set a precedent for Trump.
I dare you!

    scooterjay in reply to scooterjay. | October 17, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    If you want to go there the big truth may embarass you, KH.

    Milwaukee in reply to scooterjay. | October 18, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Milhouse. You are obviously very intelligent and scrupulously honest and full of integrity. But maybe in this one a little bit naive. Yes if one group endorsed Youngkin the IRS would be all over them. That second part, that would force them to prosecute the Black churches involved, that’s a hope. A case file might be opened but it would be assigned to someone going on paternity leave. Nothing gets done for two months. Then the election is over and it’s moot, according to the IRS. Or the Youngkin group gets destroyed while the Black churches are forced to sign a letter and promise to never ever ever do anything like that again. Cases closed.

    Unfortunately individuals associated with the Youngkin group will have their returns randomly selected for auditing every year for the next 10 years.

When did Terry McAuliffe become her “good friend?”

Any comment from Youngkin campaign?

What’s to stop him from producing a similar video for the rest of the churches in Virginia?

    The media freaking out, including on the national level, on him violating federal law when right now Harris doing so is not a huge deal.

      Milhouse in reply to p. | October 18, 2021 at 9:42 am

      Harris has not violated the law, and Youngkin wouldn’t be violating it either. It’s the churches that show the videos that are violating it.

      And the media couldn’t have that freakout without including the churches showing the Harris video.

        Milwaukee in reply to Milhouse. | October 18, 2021 at 11:14 am

        “And the media couldn’t have that freakout without including the churches showing the Harris video.”

        Would that be the same media who stood in front of burning buildings and told us of “mostly peaceful protests”?

        “Hope springs forth eternal” didn’t work for Casey and the Mudville nine when he had two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth. Waiting the media becomes honest might be a long wait.

In related news, Bill Clinton is released from the hospital after a five day stay for a urinary tract infection. There are news reports everywhere telling everything you could possibly want to know abou the former president’s health. But not one word about the current president’s health. That’s ummm…. off limits according Jen Psaki.

Karma for McAwful.

“Federal law? Impossible. That’s just the stuff we use to beat up on MAGA people.”

caseoftheblues | October 17, 2021 at 6:22 pm

Shocked Milhouse hasn’t been on here yet to condescendingly tell us all…
Acshkually….’what Kamala and the Dems are doing is all perfectly fine and legal’.

She’s talking to somebody with an average IQ of 86 if you ask me.

    That’s exactly the point.

    I wonder how black people can face themselves in the mirror after being so willingly condescended to and lied to and used.

    Who knows – maybe they don’t have mirrors.

Are there any adults in the Biden admin who can put the brakes on this sort of thing or if they exist, did they all just look the other way? This is too blatant to be ignored. The ‘I didn’t know, I’m just a simple Pastor’ excuse won’t wash after several previous instances in prior years. The Biden admin is painting themselves into a corner with this, no good alternatives.

    Arminius in reply to CommoChief. | October 17, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    “Are there any adults in the Biden admin who…”

    Yes. Our prisons are full of adults. So is our government.

    They don’t think they’re being painted into a corner – they’re think they’re painting US into a corner, cut by cut by cut.

    Just ask the pathetically corrupt head of the Biden ‘Justice’ department, Merrick Garland.

      Fine,

      ‘they don’t think they are being painted into a corner’ ..well no they don’t which is why I asked where the adults are. This isn’t happening in isolation there is a history to contend with and the impact on an admin policy proposal.

      The r have tried to get rid of this statute several times but been rebuffed by d/prog. So the IRS either takes action by revoking the tax status of these Churches or it doesn’t. Neither is a good option. Revoking the tax status will PO their base. Not revoking shows it’s partisan nature in enforcement decisions.

      In either case the decision will show the r were correct in their past attempts to end this statute. Additionally either way the decision impacts the IRS expansion plan. IMO it was already close to a poison pill, now either way that plan is DOA.

I’m freaking ecstatic Harris is making these videos. I couldn’t be happier. She’s letting the people who the MFM keeps telling us are her base but can’t stand her exactly who she is.

Double down, girlfriend!

Are these the people I was told were so smart and sophisticated they couldn’t catch COVID?

The people attending Obama’s B’Day party.

Unlike the Harley riders at Sturgis. Bunch of dumb hicks. Who do they think they are? Susan Rice?

Let’s Go Brandon & Co Whore !

caseoftheblues | October 18, 2021 at 5:27 pm

🤣🤣🤣
….ah yes there it is…the type of dialogue Milhouse “never” engages in.

Well thought out argument *👏 golf clap*

And for the record you did exactly what I said you would…

Church leaders, emptying congregations one parishioner at a time for forty years.

Harris” whole person is cringe worthy. Never in history has there been a VP who apparently thinks the whole VP thing is a joke as she apparently does, and nor has there ben anyone less qualified to hold the position.

If anyone thinks #heelsupharris is going to help McAuliffe in that race they are dreaming. Her unfavorable ratings are south of Biden’s. The Border Czar has time to cut a video but not go to the border and deal with the est. 1,000,000 illegals a month pouring into our country?

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