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Yesterday I spent a lot of time answering questions about @KamalaHarris positions, policy and actions as DA and AG in regards to non-violent drug offenses. After hearing about so many things she had done to help I still got a “but why didn’t she say X on day Y” response.
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Now some people might say “what’s wrong with that response?” or “shouldn’t a politician watch what they say?” but here’s my rebuttal: are you consistently applying these standards to EVERY candidate? Because she WAS watching what she said - just not the way this person wanted.
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Let’s be clear: for the majority of us, there’s no person on this Earth that will ALWAYS say things exactly the way we want - let alone a political candidate. To demand of politicians that they do that will leave us with NO viable candidates.
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But the truth is that most people I see online apply these standards selectively, applying them against others but not against their favorite candidate(s). And black women seem to have the standards applied against them the most often.
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Personally, I look for context, trends and patterns, whether in numerical data or in terms of candidate behavior. So when a candidate says something, my interpretation of that is taken in the broader context of trends in their work and behavior.
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Words mean far more when they are backed up by a history of actions and in the case of ambiguities, I resolve them in a way that is consistent with what a candidate has been doing. The receipts matter a TON and far more than words alone.
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All of this is part of why @KamalaHarris has had my consistent support - she’s only had one client, the American people, and she has served them since 1990. The amount of receipts I’ve looked at are overwhelming and the trends are the best I have seen in a politician.
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So as of right now, I’m going to put a challenge out there: when it comes to candidates, don’t just show me isolated incidents - show me TRENDS, PATTERNS and HISTORY! Because I’ve spent more hours than I can count looking at them for @KamalaHarris and they are EXCELLENT.
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