Watch: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Toppled Kamala Harris In 2nd Debate, Lectured Her On Criminal Justice Record

Sparks flew at the second night of the second Democratic debates as candidates continue to challenge policy positions previously held by the other candidates and expose their records on issues.

One particular exchange involved Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard who called out Democratic Senator Kamala Harris and said she ought to answer for her criminal justice record as a former California attorney general.

Gabbard came ready and it showed.

In a Washington Examiner op-ed titled, “Tulsi Gabbard just humiliated Kamala Harris in front of 10 million people,” conservative pundit Brad Polumbo wrote “Gabbard went off” and said she clearly “had done her homework, and she absolutely dragged Harris for her abysmal record as California attorney general.”

Bringing up Harris’ criminal justice record, Gabbard said: “There are too many examples to cite, but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”

Here’s more from the Washington Examiner op-ed:

Gabbard attacked Harris for having locked up thousands of people for mere marijuana possession and laughing about it when asked whether she had smoked pot herself.The congresswoman piled onto Harrisadding on a reference to her office’s shameful move to keep people locked up to preserve “cheap labor for the state of California.”

This is all true, and here are the receipts. But Gabbard didn’t stop there.

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The Hawaii congresswoman also called out Harris for the fact that while attorney general, she fought to keep people incarcerated despite exonerating evidence and fought to preserve the unfair system of cash bail.

True and true.

Gabbard ends her comments, speaking to Harris, saying: “When you were in a position to make a difference, you did not. The people who suffered under your reign as a prosecutor, you owe them an apology.”


The clip was widely shared online resulting in Gabbard being the most Google-searched presidential candidate after the debate.

Gabbard’s clash with Harris carried over into post-debate interview where she again challenged the former federal prosecutor’s record in California:


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