Kamala Harris should apologize for her prosecutorial record if she thinks she erred, ‘Former Sen. Barbara Boxer says’
“Former Sen. Barbara Boxer told Yahoo News on Wednesday that Kamala Harris should apologize to voters if she believes she erred. “I would never tell anybody else what to do, but I do think people want the truth, and you have a record,” Boxer said during an interview with Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast.”
“It’s perfectly right for people to attack it or praise it, and you just have to respond with the truth. … I believe that we all have to take the criticism when we are wrong. There’s nothing wrong with that. You just have to step up and admit it and say, ‘I didn’t see it right.’ She’ll do that.” Boxer, who occupied the Senate seat from California now held by Harris, made those comments when asked about a part of the presumptive vice presidential nominee’s résumé that has drawn sharp criticism from progressives: her record as a prosecutor,” Yahoonews reports.
“Harris was San Francisco’s district attorney and then California’s attorney general before she was elected to the Senate in 2016. And she had a reputation as a tough-on-crime prosecutor who resisted calls for criminal justice reform, including opposing a bill that would have required state investigations of shootings by police officers and regulating the use of body cameras by officers.”
“Boxer said that voters disturbed by Harris’s record as a prosecutor need to remember that social mores evolve — and so do politicians’ understanding of the issues. She pointed out that she, along with most other senators, voted for the 1994 crime bill that Joe Biden authored. That bill, passed when violent crime was at a historic high amid the crack epidemic, has since been condemned for contributing to mass incarceration.”