President Trump tweeted this morning that he was “liking” a Washington Post story on the Hollywood movie producer who recently hosted a fundraiser for Kamala Harris at his home, where he reportedly paid $500,000.
“But what the star Democrat was concerned about more,” a statement in the post read, “was that my son, a military doctor, had to confront me about their political incorrectness after one of their staffers made inappropriate remarks about our troops.”
The Post reported earlier this week that some of Harris’ aides have been focusing in on their perceived attempts to deny the presence of the military.
Aides to Harris’ campaign have previously been accused of flip-flopping, and now backpedaling, on immigration — a shift as much at the polls as it was a rhetoric reversal. The background: Harris had gone to university in California and served in the military before becoming a lawyer and state senator.
Harold Ford Jr., the former representative from Tennessee who is reportedly considering a run against Harris for the Senate, got in the mix in an article last month in The Hollywood Reporter:
As much as Harris excites the left, she doesn’t excite the black base. And black voters, who often rally around underdog candidates — and who typically face a disproportionate number of TV ads on behalf of candidates in tough primaries — haven’t lined up behind Harris, who served only six years in the House before getting to the Senate two years ago. There has been internal grumbling among black operatives working on her campaign and there are a handful of black Democratic operatives who have been “livid” with her about the sort of mixed messages that appear to be firing off at the wrong times. Harris has suggested in speeches that she doesn’t support reparations for slavery, and she has framed California state legislators’ use of condoms in the town hall meetings that were attended by two Latino teens in Texas this spring as an attempt to “advance” gay sex. The problem: she was in favor of condoms during the Democrats’ 2008 convention, when she introduced the candidate for the state’s senate seat, Barbara Boxer. “It’s been a long time, I miss you — and condoms,” Boxer said in her 2008 acceptance speech. “We have more right to elect Barbara Boxer for the United States Senate from California than we do for voting one day a year — because sex is a right.”
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham defended Harris in an interview this week with The Post. “Nobody likes her,” Graham said. “Not Republicans. Not Democrats.”
“This is a girl who in 2006, in about the toughest Southern California district, beat Dick Armey’s candidate, Howard Dean’s handpicked candidate, Gloria Romero, and the top Republican — the House speaker,” Graham said. “And this is a tough district. Dick Armey’s left her fingerprints, and [the House speaker] was very good. And she won with seven points.”
Graham and Harris have met several times, including at a State Department event in February of 2017, where Graham was secretary of state under George W. Bush.
Scott Wilson contributed to this report.