In June 2019, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tore into former Vice President Joe Biden in a Democratic primary debate. She openly suggested that he was a racist whose past political activity would have kept a “little girl” like her from attending integrated public school. About a year later, Biden selected Harris for his vice presidential candidate. It followed naturally that some intrepid reporter might ask Harris about why she had joined forces with such a historic bigot.

So far, Harris has been asked that question twice. Stephen Colbert asked, obviously assuming that she had prepared an answer. She hadn’t. Instead, Harris broke into her now-famous Awkward Joker Cackle, saying with a laugh, “It was a debate!” Colbert quickly tried to laugh with her to alleviate the extraordinary tension — and to back away from the unforced revelation that Harris is simply a political hack willing to leverage charges of racism for career gain.

Now, political observers might figure that such a terrifying brush with unmasking might prompt Harris to think through the question. She still hasn’t. Over the weekend, ABC News’ Robin Roberts asked Harris the same question. And Harris’ answer was no better: “I think that that conversation is a distraction from what we need to accomplish right now and what we need to do.” Harris again confirmed that her allegations of racism against Biden were merely a tool in her arsenal — a tool to be wielded when convenient and stored away for possible future use when not.

Unfortunately, Harris isn’t the only political figure who sees charges of racism as a convenient weapon, rather than as serious allegations requiring actual evidence. Democratic politicians appear to have latched on to the simple joys of charging political opponents with racism at the drop of a hat. According to the Associated Press, Democrats have taken, for example, to charging those who mispronounce Harris’ first name with racism -- as though it is perfectly obvious that the emphasis in “Kamala” lies on the first syllable rather than the second.

And it’s not merely that Democrats now levy frivolous racism charges with ease. Democrats are willing to jump — without any evidence and to dire consequence — to the conclusion that any incident involving black Americans is rife with racism. Thus, this week, when a black man named Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was shot by police officers and video leading up to the shooting was released, Democrats rushed to condemn the police, even while explicitly acknowledging that they didn’t have the facts.

Biden released a statement with staggering irresponsibility: He called for an “immediate, full and transparent investigation” but openly stated that “the officers must be held accountable”; he claimed that America had woken up “yet again with grief and outrage that yet another black American is a victim of excessive force”; he called the shooting an “inflection point” and yet another symptom of “systemic racism.” Again, Biden had no access to the facts. But that didn’t stop him from levying charges of racism.

It wasn’t just Biden. Gov. Tony Evers, D-Wis. — whose state investigative system will be handling the case — immediately announced, “While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.”

And so, Kenosha burned. And the narrative has been set: The shooting was unjustified, and racist at that. No evidence has been presented; none need be. And if the facts don’t match the accusations, the facts will be put aside. Harris herself has continued to push the absolute lie, for example, that Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri, an allegation firmly rebutted by former President Obama’s Department of Justice. Fealty to the narrative is the sole qualifier for power in Democratic circles.

Will any of this alleviate racism? Of course not. But it’s not designed to. It’s designed to achieve and attain power. And, so far, the strategy seems to be working.


Ben Shapiro is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of He is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “The Right Side of History.” He lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles.  

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[thumbdown] Ben Shapiro, the poor guy is a political tool for the Republican party. He must be making tons of money to spew this garbage. He sure doesn`t mention anything of what a total FAILURE Trump is. I`ll take Biden/Harris anyday over the current clown in office. Thanks Ben, you have made my case even stronger to vote for Biden/Harris.[beam][beam][beam]


There you go again. Lying and spewing hate. Poor thing. Ha ha. Nothing like a Democrat liberal hack spreading false information and bull Schitt.


@ Muchin face......LOl, I must have struck a nerve huh? Good. I`m glad you actually read my comments.[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]


Also, a non thinking Ben Shapiro doesn`t seem to understand that the Republicans are running the country, who the heck cares what Harris said in an interview, or how she acted. Look at the current administration and tell me of what they have done involving racism? NOTHING. And Trump is a known racist, all Ben has to do is go back and learn what racist things Trump has said. $ Congress women of color to "go back yo your country". Saying on TV that all Mexicans coming across the border are Rapists, drug dealers and murderers. Trying to kill the legal immigration process, even though it is FACT that his own wife Melania was here illegally at one point in time. But I guess that is just A-OK for Trump supporting nitwits.


Oh ok. Your lies and hate was all ready noted and you had to spew more? Get a life and trump 8 more years!! 2024 too!! Binder and his hoe have nothing good for the USA!


@ Munchin face.....[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]


[thumbdown] you lie


Who chooses to publish this sydicated national editorial writer all the time? If your focus is these types of divisive authors, pick a liberal one for publication once in awhile out of fairness. Your readers deserve this. Shapiro gets old.


Pick a liberal one? Are you Freakn nuts. Nobody wants to hear anymore from the liberal hacks!!!


[thumbup] Thank you, Mmuncrief. Dump Trump, you need to find a new newspaper editiorial page. You have repeated the same hate and disrespectful comments on this one to last a lifetime. Everyone is tired of it. I invite anyone who isn't tired of Dump Trump to say so. Not saying others of Liberal viewpoint should not voice their opinions. Would be good to hear them. But Dump Trump is repeating ad nauseum. However, I will stop speaking of it if I see some sort of indication that people want to keep listening to him repeat his loathing and hate.

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