Originally published on January 22, 2019.
The inexperienced and radically left-wing Senator Kamala Harris has thrown her hat in the ring as a candidate for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination. Harris will presumably be contending with fellow senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (not to mention a host of lesser-knowns) for the mantle of most extreme progressive in the race.
In her campaign announcement, Harris spoke of “who we are as a democracy,” in respect to America. There is no mention of “democracy” in the Constitution, and the Founders were terrified of the idea of such majority rule. True democracy would kill America.
Harris joins what is expected to be a crowded field to challenge Trump, the likely Republican candidate, in 2020. A half-dozen Democrats have taken steps to run and four of them – Harris, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard – are women.
There are more than a dozen other potential Democratic candidates, and CNN reported former Starbucks chief Howard Schultz is exploring an independent candidacy.
“This is a robust signal of who we are as a democracy and everyone should run who is thinking of running,” Harris told reporters in Washington after her announcement.
In the first 30 minutes after entering the race, Harris received individual online contributions from all 50 states, spokesman Ian Sams said on Twitter.
Her slogan will be “For the People,” in a nod to Harris’ roots as a prosecutor, aides said.
As one of the earliest congressional critics of Trump’s immigration policies, Harris has pushed hard for a deal to protect from deportation those immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, a group known as Dreamers.
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