“Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”
During an interview with National Public Radio on Wednesday, 2020 Democratic hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said that given everything she now knows from the Mueller report, if she wins the presidency, her administration would have to prosecute President Donald Trump after he leaves.
Two things are happening here.
First, Kamala Harris, like all of the 2020 Democratic candidates, is not speaking to most of the country when she says something like this. She is speaking directly to the so-called resistance, also known as Democratic primary voters. She has to say things that they want to hear to build excitement around her campaign, which has been lacking lately.
Second, Harris is a former prosecutor and is campaigning on what she knows. It’s no different than a career senator like Sanders or Warren proposing legislation as fixes for everything. People tend to offer solutions based on what they know best.
Scott Detrow writes at NPR:
Harris: Justice Dept. ‘Would Have No Choice’ But To Prosecute Trump After Presidency
California Sen. Kamala Harris says that if she’s elected president, her administration’s Department of Justice would likely pursue criminal obstruction of justice charges against a former President Donald Trump.
“I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes,” Harris told the NPR Politics Podcast, pointing to the 10 instances of possible obstruction that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailed without making a determination as to whether the episodes amounted to criminal conduct.
“There has to be accountability,” Harris added. “I mean look, people might, you know, question why I became a prosecutor. Well, I’ll tell you one of the reasons — I believe there should be accountability. Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”…
“I do believe that we should believe Bob Mueller when he tells us essentially that the only reason an indictment was not returned is because of a memo in the Department of Justice that suggests you cannot indict a sitting president. But I’ve seen prosecution of cases on much less evidence.”
Listen to the audio clip in the tweet below:
— MRCTV.org (@mrctv) June 13, 2019
This is nothing new. Think back to the Democratic primary of 2008 and the issues that motivated the same kind of voters. Plenty of them fantasized about a new Democrat president prosecuting George W. Bush for supposed war crimes.
Greg Gutfeld made a great point about Harris on The Five yesterday. From FOX News:
Greg Gutfeld: Kamala Harris looks ‘desperate’ saying she would have ‘no choice’ but to prosecute Trump
Fox News’ host Greg Gutfeld dismissed Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ comments saying her DOJ would have “no choice” but to prosecute President Trump comparing her to a desperate man trying to meet women at a bar.
“That’s what candidates are like right now. They are the desperate guy at the bar who will say anything to get your number. It’s just to get some kind of media spotlight. And they are not trying to appeal to America. Because America doesn’t care,” Gutfeld said on “The Five” Wednesday…
“The Greg Gutfeld Show” host said he “didn’t believe” Harris and pointed out that Democratic presidential candidates are “being tricked” into taking hard-left points of view.
“They’re being tricked into thinking there is no lane for moderates. Like everybody has to go this way and actually, America actually likes a moderate. You don’t have to be a rabid flame thrower. I don’t believe her for a second. It’s interesting that she has to do this because she is not taking off. And I thought that she would have taken off,” Gutfeld said.
The coming year will be a competition among Democrats trying to ‘out-left’ each other.
They have no choice. The Trump-despising, social justice warrior left has become their party’s base.