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Kamala Harris support for Jacob Blake calls #MeToo credibility into question

Sen. Kamala Harris believed Christine Blasey Ford, but whether she believes Jacob Blake’s ex-girlfriend is another matter. Ms. Harris offered her support Monday for Mr. Blake, 29, who remains hospitalized after being shot in the back by an officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, speaking with him by phone and visiting with several of his relatives and…

Kamala Harris support for Jacob Blake calls #MeToo credibility into question

Sen. Kamala Harris believed Christine Blasey Ford, but whether she believes Jacob Blake’s ex-girlfriend is another matter.

Ms. Harris offered her support Monday for Mr. Blake, 29, who remains hospitalized after being shot in the back by an officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, speaking with him by phone and visiting with several of his relatives and attorneys at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.

She later called the meeting “really wonderful,” adding that she wanted to “express concern for their well-being and of course, for their brother and their son’s well-being, and to let them know that they have support.”

The well-wishes came even though Mr. Blake has been charged with sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend, while Ms. Harris is known as a champion of the #MeToo movement, gaining national fame for her 2017 grilling of then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

During the confirmation hearings, the California Democrat said she believed Ms. Ford, who accused Mr. Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed, groping her, and trying to remove her clothes while they were in high school.

Mr. Kavanaugh, whose nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was ultimately confirmed, denied the allegations, but at a September 2017 hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Harris made it clear she didn’t believe him.

The senator told Ms. Ford: “I want to thank you for your courage, and I want to tell you, I believe you. I believe you.”

Blake family attorney Ben Crump said in a Monday statement: “In a moving moment, Jacob Jr. told Sen. Harris he was proud of her, and the senator told Jacob she was also proud of him and how he is working through his pain.”

Former NBC and Fox News host Megyn Kelly slammed the statement, tweeting, “PROUD of him?”

“He’s accused of breaking into a sleeping woman’s house, sexually assaulting her, humiliating her & later returning to harass her,” Ms. Kelly said, adding, “How about a word for his victim, Senator?”

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden met Thursday with relatives of Mr. Blake, who may be paralyzed for life as a result of the Aug. 23 shooting that sparked days of Black Lives Matter protests and rioting in Kenosha, the latest city upended by unrest over Black men killed or injured in run-ins with police officers.

Sen. @KamalaHarris met with the family of #JacobBlake today, who joined by phone from his hospital bed. The family’s legal team released the following statement about the one-hour visit. #JusticeForJacobBlake pic.twitter.com/TQ7io0Clhe
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 7, 2020

Officers responded to a 911 call after Mr. Blake allegedly violated an order to stay away from his ex-girlfriend, who had accused him of assaulting her May 3 after breaking into her home.

Mr. Blake was charged with third-degree sexual assault, criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct, all with domestic-abuse enhancers. On Friday, he entered not guilty pleas from his hospital bed in a video court appearance.

The ex-girlfriend, who has three children with Mr. Blake, said she discovered immediately after he left that her car keys and a debit card were missing, and that two $500 withdrawals were made from her account while she waited for police to arrive.

Kamala Harris and Biden have both met with Jacob Blake and heaped praise on him. Neither one of them have met with the woman who says Blake abused her for years and raped her. They haven’t even acknowledged her existence. Me Too is officially dead. It was never real to begin with
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 8, 2020

The father has a history of anti-Semitic social media posts & the son had a warrant out for a violent sexual assault and violating a restraining order which led to the 911 emergency call in the first place. https://t.co/xGJrMrjHlu
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 8, 2020

A rallying cry of the MeToo movement is “believe all women,” referring to women who accuse men of sexual harassment and assault, prompting The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh to declare Tuesday that “MeToo is officially dead.”

“Kamala Harris and Biden have both met with Jacob Blake and heaped praise on him,” he tweeted. “Neither one of them have met with the woman who says Blake abused her for years and raped her. They haven’t even acknowledged her existence. Me Too is officially dead. It was never real to begin with.”

The Washington Times has reached out to the Biden-Harris campaign for comment.

Jacob Blake Sr., who met with Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris, has posted on Facebook anti-Semitic statements accusing Jews of controlling the media and financial institutions, and called former Clinton White House intern Monica Lewinsky a “hoe.”

Conservative media critic Stephen L. Miller tweeted: “The father has a history of anti-Semitic social media posts & the son had a warrant out for a violent sexual assault and violating a restraining order which led to the 911 emergency call in the first place.”

He added: “There can be an investigation into the shooting without role modeling Jacob Blake.”

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the shooting, which saw Officer Rusten Sheskey, who is White, fire seven times at Mr. Blake after he leaned into the driver’s side of his vehicle, while the U.S. Justice Department is conducting a civil-rights probe.

The state said that a knife was later found on the driver’s side floor. Mr. Crump has said that Mr. Blake was checking on his children in the back seat.

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Harris County wins challenge on citizenship checks on new voters

A Texas court rejected a conservative group’s demand that Harris County automatically reject, or at least investigate, voter registration forms submitted by people who say they aren’t U.S. citizens, delivering a win to the county registrar Wednesday. The Public Interest Legal Foundation said it uncovered dozens of examples of people who had not only been…

Harris County wins challenge on citizenship checks on new voters

A Texas court rejected a conservative group’s demand that Harris County automatically reject, or at least investigate, voter registration forms submitted by people who say they aren’t U.S. citizens, delivering a win to the county registrar Wednesday.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation said it uncovered dozens of examples of people who had not only been added to the voter rolls but even cast ballots — only to later be stricken from the rolls because they had not actually been citizens at the time.

PILF had asked the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston to issue an order demanding the registrar do more to weed out those instances. The court dismissed the request.

“This was the correct outcome,” said Registrar Ann Harris Bennett.

She had downplayed the PILF investigation, with her office saying the instances found were “mistakenly accepted almost a decade ago” and were “promptly” caught and corrected.

Logan Churchwell, a PILF staffer who compiled the data for the lawsuit, said they are assessing their legal options, but said their investigation stands on its own.

“The facts are still clear: Harris County has proven to register foreign nationals to vote despite their admitting at the time to be foreign nationals,” he said. “We must not lose sight of the fact that Harris County, by all appearances, has set these immigrants up to fail despite their honesty about their lacking eligibility.”

PILF’s investigation looked at voters the county itself had once registered, then later kicked of its rolls because it realized they weren’t citizens.

In at about 50 cases, PILF found, the people had actually told officials they weren’t citizens, checking “NO” next to that question on the registration form. In five other cases PILF found, they left that field blank. They were registered anyway.

PILF said they were usually taken off the rolls after they responded to some subsequent government communication, such as a jury summons, by asserting they weren’t in fact citizens.

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Kamala Harris, Symone Sanders reject calls to cancel future debates: ‘Joe Biden is going to show up’

Joseph R. Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris, and his campaign senior adviser have rejected calls from a slew of media personalities to cancel future presidential debates after Tuesday night’s explosive first face-off against President Trump. CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Mrs. Harris, “Very simple question, after what went down this evening, do you think…

Kamala Harris, Symone Sanders reject calls to cancel future debates: ‘Joe Biden is going to show up’

Joseph R. Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris, and his campaign senior adviser have rejected calls from a slew of media personalities to cancel future presidential debates after Tuesday night’s explosive first face-off against President Trump.

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Mrs. Harris, “Very simple question, after what went down this evening, do you think Joe Biden should participate in a second or third debate?”

The California senator responded, “Joe Biden’s never going to refuse to talk to the American people and have any opportunity that he can to speak directly to American families and speak about the issues, speak the truth, and address the facts of where we are now, but also address the hopes and dreams of the American family and where we could be, and Joe’s got a plan for dealing with those hopes and aspirations as well.”

“I do believe the American people benefited from a clear contrast from what they’ve got right now, but also what they can get,” she added.

Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders echoed that sentiment, saying the Democratic nominee’s ability to look into the camera and speak directly to the American people is too valuable to give up.

During an interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams, Ms. Sanders was asked to describe the scene backstage after the debate, which is being described as nothing short of a debacle.

Mr. Williams asked, “Did no one on the payroll say, ‘I don’t know why we’re gonna do this again. All the norms were blown up tonight. Why bother with rules or moderators or time limits? Why are we doing any more of these?’ No one expressed that view?”

“Brian,” Ms. Sanders answered, “when Vice President Biden came off the debate stage tonight, we went back and then told him he did an excellent job. He broke through, speaking directly to the American people. And all Donald Trump did was sow chaos, and he lied.”

“Look, we’re going to come back and do this again in Miami,” she continued. “When you are running to be president of the United States and when you’re running to represent the people, you have to be accountable to them. And Joe Biden is going to show up, and he’s going to answer the people’s questions in Miami. He’s going to take questions from voters across the state of Florida about the most pressing issues facing them. Now, Donald Trump, we all know what he’s going to do. I hope he’s not going to belittle and berate voters in Florida, but you know what? You never know, Brian. But Joe Biden will be there to show you exactly what you can get post-November 3rd if folks go to the polls and elect him as the next president of the United States.”

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Kamala Harris asserts role in Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala D. Harris said Monday that she will “definitely” be involved in the upcoming confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. “I am definitely going to be involved in the hearings and performing my role and responsibility on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Ms.…

Kamala Harris asserts role in Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala D. Harris said Monday that she will “definitely” be involved in the upcoming confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court.

“I am definitely going to be involved in the hearings and performing my role and responsibility on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Ms. Harris said while campaigning in North Carolina.

The committee’s hearings are scheduled to start on Oct. 12, which would sideline Ms. Harris from the campaign trail during a crucial stretch but would give her a high-profile platform to be a part of the must-watch event.

Asked if she planned to meet with Judge Barrett, Ms. Harris said: “I’m sure that’s going to happen, we’ll see how it works out … I haven’t made a plan one way or another.”

At least two judiciary committee Democrats – Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii – have indicated that they don’t plan to meet personally with Judge Barrett before the hearings.

Ms. Harris said she wanted to focus on what’s “within our power” in the next five weeks when asked if Democrats could slow down the nomination or retaliate if Joseph R. Biden defeats Mr. Trump in the presidential election.

“What’s in our power is to elect Joe Biden president of the United States,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Ms. Harris said she didn’t plan to let the “infection” that Mr. Trump has spread throughout the country make its way to the Supreme Court.

The senator from California was credited with tough questioning during the battle over Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation, though Democrats failed to ultimately block Justice Kavanaugh from getting confirmed in 2018.

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