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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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