Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for attempting to use slavery to rationalize Donald Trump administration attacks on Californians.
“There is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) charged. “It’s not wise, it’s not right and it will not stand.”
“Attorney General Sessions compared California’s actions — quite intentionally I think — to the actions of the slave states in nullification and secession during the Civil War,” Hayes noted as Sen. Harris chucked. “What do you say to that?”
“Indeed, indeed he did,” Harris replied. “Listen, as far as I’m concerned, Jeff Sessions should be advised — and I’ll advise him right now — that it’s a bad idea, for him, to start talking about anything to do with the history of slavery or reconstruction or the Civil War in the United States.”
“His credibility is pretty much shot on those issues,” Sen. Harris reminded.
“But on the topic at hand, Chris, I think Jerry Brown is absolutely right. This administration and Jeff Sessions in particular have clearly put a target on the back of California,” Harris noted. “And California’s going to fight.”
Before election to the Senate, Harris served two terms as California Attorney General and was San Francisco’s District Attorney.
“It’s hypocrisy at its height. Again, I think there’s a distraction in that they’re trying to suggest that this is about the constitution when in fact, what they’re doing is playing politics,” Harris charged. “They’re playing politics and they’re playing politics with California.”
“This Attorney General is doing that — and he’s going to lose,” Sen. Harris predicted.