Kamala Harris, throughout her career, has told many lies. Here are my 5 favorite lies she has told.
LIE #1: Kamala Harris claimed that a majority of women are minimum wage workers.
This is incorrect. Only a little over 1% of women are minimum wage workers. According to 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data, only 1,146,000 out of 72 million (1.6%) women were paid at the minimum wage level.
LIE #2: Kamala Harris claimed Trump said all Mexicans were rapists.
Trump didn’t call all Mexicans rapists.
In reference to illegal aliens Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. “They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
This quote was both taken out of context and intentionally misrepresented. Professor Alberto A. Martinez debunked that Trump was referring to all Mexicans as rapists. “Compare such words with Trump’s words. Which is worse? Writers excerpted the phrase: ‘they’re rapists,’ as if it were about all Mexican unauthorized immigrants, or worse, about all Mexican immigrants, or even worst, about all Mexicans. But that’s not what he said. That’s not what he meant. It was just a remark about some of the criminals crossing the border. The trick for misrepresenting Trump’s words can be used against anyone.”
Later, when Trump clarified his statements, he confirmed his statements were about the high percentage of women and children who are raped by criminals when trying to cross the border.
LIE #3: Kamala Harris said no parents of truant children were jailed as a result of the SB 1317 bill she sponsored.
Parents were jailed for their children being truant. As California State attorney general, Harris sponsored a bill that would jail parents if their children repeatedly skipped school. Parents were jailed and she did nothing to stop it.
LIE #4: Kamala Harris claimed that she sued Exxon Mobil during her position as California attorney general.
No, she didn’t. There’s no public record that Harris filed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil. In 2016, she did launch an investigation into Exxon Mobil. She claims the company mislead their shareholders about the dangers of climate change. The investigation stalled when Harris campaigned for Senate. She benefited from the investigation. She received endorsements and campaign donations from multiple environmental organizations. The investigation never lead to anything and she never filed a lawsuit against the company.
LIE #5: During a June 2019 Democratic debate, Kamala Harris claimed that the only reason the economy is doing good under Trump is that people are “working two and three jobs.”
This is false. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 5% of workers in the U.S. held multiple jobs, which wasn’t very different from when Trump started his presidency (4.9%).
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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2018, March 1). Characteristics of minimum wage workers, 2017 : BLS Reports. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/minimum-wage/2017/home.htm
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Kiely, E. (2019, May 20). Kamala Harris spins facts on truancy law. FactCheck.org. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://www.factcheck.org/2019/05/kamala-harris-spins-facts-on-truancy-law/
Robinson , N. (2019, January 31). Kamala Harris laughed about jailing parents over truancy. But it’s not funny. The Guardian. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/31/kamala-harris-laughed-jailing-parents-truancy
Nichols, C. (2019, September 6). Politifact – Kamala Harris claimed she ‘sued Exxon Mobil’ as California AG. she didn’t. Politifact. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2019/sep/06/kamala-harris/kamala-harris-said-she-sued-exxon-mobil-california/
Anderson , C. (2019, September 6). No, Kamala Harris did not sue ExxonMobil. The Washington Free Beacon . Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://www.google.com/amp/s/freebeacon.com/politics/no-kamala-harris-did-not-sue-exxonmobil/amp/
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Walrath, S. (2019, September 6). Scientific consensus: Kamala Harris did not sue Exxon over climate change. Energy In Depth Climate – A Project of IPAA. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://eidclimate.org/scientific-consensus-kamala-harris-did-not-sue-exxon-over-climate-change/
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Mathur, A. (2019, August 6). Are most people actually working two or three jobs? not really. Forbes. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/aparnamathur/2019/08/04/are-most-people-actually-working-two-or-three-jobs-not-really/?sh=716abf14a568
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2018, July 19). 4.9 percent of workers held more than one job at the same time in 2017. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/4-point-9-percent-of-workers-held-more-than-one-job-at-the-same-time-in-2017.htm#:~:text=4.9%20percent%20of%20workers%20held,U.S.%20Bureau%20of%20Labor%20Statistics
Kessler, G. (2019, June 27). Harris on people working multiple jobs. The Washington Post. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/live-updates/general-election/fact-checking-the-first-democratic-debate/harris-on-people-working-multiple-jobs/