Hate Hoax Promoters Kamala Harris and Al Sharpton Meet In Harlem Hours After Jussie Smollett Arrested
In politics timing is everything, as the saying goes. And the timing of this meeting was perfect. 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) met with 2004 Democratic Party presidential candidate and Tawana Brawley race attack hoax promoter the Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem Thursday morning–just hours after accused race attack hoaxer Jussie Smollett, whom Harris had supported, was arrested in Chicago.
— Rachel Noerdlinger (@rachelnoerd) February 21, 2019
The other view:
Chicken and waffles on one side; toast and bananas on the other pic.twitter.com/uPetV7thcW
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) February 21, 2019
Harris posted a statement with unquestioned support for Smollett when news of his alleged attack broke in late January, promoting it as a “modern day lynching.”
@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.
This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019
Harris, a former prosecutor and state attorney general, stumbled Monday explaining her support for Smollett as the hoax was unraveling, Fox News reported:
“During an appearance at a bookstore in Concord, N.H., a female reporter asked the senator from California if she wanted to amend a tweet from Jan. 29, in which she said Smollett was the victim of “an attempted modern day lynching” and called the actor “one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know.” Harris has also used the Smollett attack to push legislation that would make lynching a federal hate crime.
“Which tweet? What tweet?” Harris asked. As the reporter specified the tweet in question, Harris appeared to look around for a campaign staffer before responding.
“OK, so, I will say this about that case,” she said. “I think that the facts are still unfolding, and, um, I’m very, um, concerned about obviously, the initial, um, allegation that he made about what might have happened.
“And it’s something we should all take seriously whenever anyone, um, alleges that kind of behavior, but there should be an investigation,” Harris added. “And I think that once the investigation has concluded then we can all comment, but I’m not going to comment until I know the outcome of the investigation.”
Sharpton rose to national prominence as a spokesman and adviser for Tawana Brawley, a 15-year-old black girl who, aided by Sharpton, hoaxed the nation in 1987 with a false claim of being raped by several white men.
The news reports at the time, in the late 1980s, were horrific. Tawana Brawley, a 15-year-old African-American girl from the New York City area, was said to have been abducted and repeatedly raped by six white men. She was found with “KKK” written across her chest, a racial epithet on her stomach and her hair smeared with feces. She was so traumatized, according to reports, that at the hospital she answered yes-or-no questions by blinking her eyes. Making the crime even more vile, if that were possible, she and her lawyers later claimed that two of the rapists were law enforcement officials.
Ms. Brawley’s spokesman was the Rev. Al Sharpton — a dapper television personality and political commentator these days, but a fiery street activist back then. At a news conference, he named suspects.
“We have the facts and the evidence that an assistant district attorney and a state trooper did this,” Mr. Sharpton said. He called Gov. Mario M. Cuomo a racist and warned that powerful state officials were complicit. When asked whether Ms. Brawley would speak with the state attorney general, Robert Abrams, Mr. Sharpton said that would be like asking someone in a concentration camp to talk to Hitler.
But, as the meticulously researched Retro Report points out this week, it was all a hoax…”
Sharpton and Harris were accompanied by reporter into Sylvia’s and Sharpton spoke to the media after meeting with Harris, but apparently neither one was asked about their respective support for race attack hoaxers Brawley and Smollett. UPDATE: Video posted by The Hill Thursday afternoon shows reporters asking Harris about Smollett as she left Sylvia’s with Sharpton. Harris ignored the questions. Video added at end of article.
Harris rubs pic of Sharpton and Obama at Sylvia’s from ‘08 for luck. pic.twitter.com/SUcmcbSHeX
— Dartunorro D. Clark (@DartDClark) February 21, 2019
Sharpton scene after his Sylvia’s lunch with Kamala Harris. He says she had the same thing that Obama when they had their lunch, and mentions that he may endorse in the primary. pic.twitter.com/7EnnQQ5mgm
— Darren Sands (@darrensands) February 21, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) February 21, 2019