Democrat presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris decided not to speak at a criminal justice reform event after one of the groups gave President Donald Trump an award.
Then she decided to rejoin the event after the group was removed because of her temper tantrum over the award, NBC News reported.
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Saturday that she will after all join a criminal justice forum at a historically black college in Columbia, South Carolina, following the removal of the event’s sponsor that had given President Donald Trump a “Bipartisan Justice Award.”
Her campaign’s announcement comes a day after the California senator pulled out of the forum upon learning that organizer 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center had given the president an award and that only a limited number of students from the school were allowed to attend Trump’s remarks.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced Saturday that the candidate forums’ part of the event were sponsored only by him and Benedict College, not the 20/20 Justice Center, according to a press release by Harris’ campaign.
The senator will participate in the event now that the other sponsor is not included and the forum is “free and open to the public, and more HBCU students at Benedict have been included,” the campaign announced.
Harris issued a statement on Friday and said that “as the only candidate who attended an HBCU, I know the importance that these spaces hold for young Black Americans.”
“Today, when it became clear Donald Trump would receive an award after decades of celebrating mass incarceration, pushing the death penalty for innocent Black Americans, rolling back police accountability measures and racist behavior that puts people’s lives at risk, and then learned all but ten Benedict students are excluded from participating, I cannot in good faith be complicit in papering over his record,” she said.
President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to lace into Harris and other Democrats.
“Badly failing presidential candidate @KamalaHarris will not go to a very wonderful largely African American event today because yesterday I recieved a major award, at the same event, for being able to produce & sign into law major Criminal Justice Reform legislation, which will greatly help the African American community (and all other communities), and which was unable to get done in past administrations despite a tremendous desire for it.
“This and best unemployment numbers EVER is more than Kamala will EVER be able to do for African Americans!” he said.