It appears Sen. Kamala Harris may be having a memory problem. Or a truth problem.
The California Democrat and potential 2020 presidential contender commented on the power wielded by Supreme Court justices in a tweet on Monday.
But the ‘facts’ Harris shared in her tweet were questionable at best.
Two decades after Brown v. Board, I was only the second class to integrate at Berkeley public schools. Without that decision, I likely would not have become a lawyer and eventually be elected a Senator from California.
That’s the power a Supreme Court Justice holds.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 10, 2018
Harris’ parents, a professor and a researcher, attended graduate school in Berkeley where the family lived. But when they divorced, the then-seven-year-old Harris moved to Canada with her mother where she attended grade school and high school.
Harris, who was born in 1964, claimed she was in only the second class to integrate at Berkeley public schools.
Photos from the 1963 Berkeley yearbook, however, appears to tell a different story.
Classrooms in Berkeley were already integrated in 1963, before Harris was born.
And the same could be seen in the Berkeley 1964 yearbook — the year Harris was born.
Seems the senator needed to get her dates and facts right before her tweet.
Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been an outspoken critic of President Trump and his administration, making her a Democratic favorite as she reportedly thinks about a potential 2020 run for office.
“It’s about who can be radical, who can be a leader of the ‘resist’ movement, who can be the biggest hater of Donald Trump” Republican Congressman Sean Duffy told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on “The Angle” Tuesday, speaking of Harris’ appeal to the left.
Duffy argued that Democrats are fully engaged in opposing Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, because “if you can’t win at the ballot box, if you can’t win votes in Congress, you have to look to the courts to have activist judges who will implement your progressive, liberal, socialist policies for you.”
Harris fits both of those needs for the left, Duffy noted as she leads the resistance movement against Trump and, as a former prosecutor, takes on the legal issues.
Update: Liberal social media giants have cherry-picked “fact-checkers” to make sure posts on their platforms are not fake news. Although this post is 100% true and verifiable, FactCheck.org wants you to know that the photos in the yearbooks were only of the high school. This doesn’t actually change the fact that Harris’ statement was deceptive and technically untrue. But since the ENTIRE school district was not yet integrated and only high school was integrated, they are giving her a free pass on this one. As Fox News famously touts, “we’ll report, you decide.” Here is what they wrote:
While it’s true that the high school was integrated, the rest of the district wasn’t, according to a report commissioned by the school board that was completed in 1963 and led to the full integration of the district in 1968. The report itself isn’t available online, but at least two academic studies that rely heavily on it are available.
The high school was integrated before the rest of the district because there was only one high school. All students — regardless of race — went there for high school.
The 14 elementary schools in the Berkeley Unified School District were a different story. They each drew students from the neighborhoods they were in. Those neighborhoods were segregated. So, while the schools didn’t have an official segregation policy, they were, effectively, segregated.
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