Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) had some things to say about Attorney General Jeff Sessions while appearing on MSNBC’s “All In” with host Chris Hayes Wednesday night. She was there to discuss Sessions’ speech on the way California is ignoring federal immigration laws, she likened it to nullification.
Harris lamented the fact that Sessions brought up Civil War history and said his credibility is “pretty shot” on those issues.
Chris Hayes got the comments from Harris when he brought up Sessions’ reference to “slave states in nullification and secession” while denouncing California for evading the nation’s immigration laws. What Session’s actually said, contrary to Hayes rendering, was, “There is no nullification. There is no secession.” He then invited “any doubters to Gettysburg, and to the graves of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln.” There was no abject overtures to slavery and reconstruction.)
Here’s how Hayes asked the question to Harris: ”Attorney General Sessions compared California’s actions quite intentionally I think, to be actions of the slave states in nullification and secession and the Civil War. What do you say to that?”
And here’s the response Harris gave: ”Indeed, indeed he did. Listen, as far as I’m concerned Jeff Sessions should be advised and I’ll advise him right now that — that it is — it — it’s a bad idea for him to start talking about anything to do with the history of slavery or reconstruction or the Civil War in the United States. His credibility is pretty much shot on those issues. But on the topic at hand Chris, I think Jerry Brown is absolutely right.”
The junior Senator from California also had some things to say about the Voting Rights Act. She called the Trump administration hypocrites because Sessions won’t defend applying the full terms of the VRA in every state.
“You can look at this attorney general who has said that imposing the terms of the Voting Rights Act on the states creates an undo burden and is meddling with the affairs of each state. So it’s hypocrisy at it’s height,” Harris said.
She returned to states’ rights on immigration and threatened that “California’s going to fight” because the state “represents the future.” She also claimed the Trump administration and Sessions “in particular” have “clearly put a target on the back of California.”
“This Administration and Jeff Sessions, in particular, have clearly put a target on the back of California and California’s going to fight,” Harris declared. “And, I think that these folks are really mired in rolling back the clock in time and that’s not going to happen. California represents the future. And — and they don’t like it, but there you go.”
“There’s a distraction in that they are trying to suggest that this is about the Constitution when in fact what they’re doing is they’re playing politics. They’re playing politics and they’re playing politics with California. This attorney general is doing that and he’s going to lose,” Harris said.
Harris finally pledged her support of the mayor of Oakland who warned illegal immigrants of a coming ICE raid. She said the mayor made a decision based on her “estimation of what’s in the best interest of their constituents.”
“My strong feeling and — and — and the work that I’ve been doing and the fight that I will continue to wage is to get protection for these DREAMers and give them a permanent sense of protection. And — and again, let’s stop playing politics and fear mongering around this population of young people who have only known one home, which is our home. They are serving in our military. They are in our colleges and our universities. And we made a promise to them that we would protect them and we need to keep our promise,” Harris said regarding Trump’s challenge that Democrats do something about DACA.
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