During an outdoor town hall in New Hampshire on Friday, a man asked 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) how she will “diminish the mentally retarded actions” of President Trump. As the audience laughed and cheered, Harris laughed and responded “Well said. Well said. I plan to win this election, I’ll tell you that.”
Using "retarded" as a slur and an insult is never, EVER "well said", @KamalaHarris, no matter who it's against and no matter the larger point being made. It's ALWAYS a betrayal of the disability community.
— Kendally Brown (@kendallybrown) September 7, 2019
Kamala Harris was then asked about the comment on Saturday by CBS News’ Caitlin Huey-Burns, Harris replied: “It’s an incredibly offensive term, and as someone who has a long-standing relationship of advocacy for our disability community – in fact, I have a whole policy proposal on it that I have been working on for quite some time that we rolled out weeks ago – it’s offensive, and you would think that in the year 2019, people would have a much better understanding of how hurtful a term like that can be, but also the history behind it, which is a history of really ignoring the needs and the realities and the capacity of our disability community.”
Huey-Burns then asked: “You didn’t correct him though. Did you hear him?”
And Harris responded: “I heard him talk about the other stuff, and then that came later, and it was not something that I really heard or processed or, you know, in any way condone, that’s for sure.”
When my staff played the video from my town hall yesterday, it was upsetting. I didn’t hear the words the man used in that moment, but if I had I would’ve stopped and corrected him. I’m sorry. That word and others like it aren’t acceptable. Ever. https://t.co/mNmo1hyNpW
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 7, 2019
Obviously lying, Harris claims she “didn’t hear the words the man used,” but somehow heard everything else. She practically endorsed the man’s use of the word “retard,” saying “well said” as the audience cheered him on and laughed.