Harris tweets support for small, minority-owned businesses after backing ‘protesters’
Kamala Harris, as a Black woman, solidified Joe Biden’s street cred with a Democratic Party that is obsessed with identity politics. But throughout the presidential campaign, Harris has demonstrated that her most identifiable trait is unmitigated cynicism.
That was on display again over the weekend.
For the past decade, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been declared Small Business Saturday, on which consumers are encouraged to “shop small” in support of independent, homegrown merchants.
Harris, who each day inches closer to becoming the first woman vice president, also took note of that.
On Saturday, she tweeted, “Small businesses, especially Black and minority-owned businesses, urgently need relief to survive the effects of coronavirus this winter. @JoeBiden and I are committed to helping these businesses during this pandemic and get them the support they need to thrive in years to come.”
Small businesses, especially Black and minority-owned businesses, urgently need relief to survive the effects of coronavirus this winter. @JoeBiden and I are committed to helping these businesses during this pandemic and get them the support they need to thrive in years to come.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 28, 2020
It is true that many small businesses are suffering because of COVID-19. But the adverse coronavirus “effects,” as Harris put it, are largely due to the misguided lockdown policies of state and local officials across blue states.
Yet there is another reason why many minority-owned businesses are in dire straits, especially in Black communities in America’s largest cities: the willingness of the Democratic politicians who run these urban areas to surrender to the violent mob. And Harris was there to cheer them on.
In city after city this summer, many protests against alleged police brutality after the death of George Floyd, the Black Minneapolis man who died in police custody in May, turned into little more than shopping sprees for rioters and looters who vandalized, torched and destroyed many businesses like those Harris now claims to want to help.
In Minneapolis alone, the local media reported that more than 360 businesses had been damaged, including 66 that were burnt to the ground. Among them was Flora’s Hair Design, a salon owned by Flora Westbrook.
Rioters destroyed her shop, which had been in business for 35 years, even though she had painted “Black owned” on her storefront.
Vice President Mike Pence visited Westbrook and her salon location in September, and later brought her to the vice presidential debate against Harris in October. “They don’t know the things I endured, the things I went through to try and keep my business,” Westbook once told the website Bizwomen. “It wasn’t easy for a black-owned business to stay there that many years, and to survive.”
Harris, however, backed those who stood with those who destroyed businesses like Westbrook’s.
“If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” Harris said in a June 1 tweet, referring to a group that openly campaigned to get Floyd protesters out of jail, including those involved in the riots.
In August local media in Minneapolis reported that the Minnesota Freedom Fund had raised $35 million, which was mostly used to bail out legitimate protesters but also helped release accused murderers and rapists. “I often don’t even look at a charge when I bail someone out,” Greg Lewin, the fund’s director, said.
Some Twitter users took Harris to task for her Small Business Saturday appeal.
“And Kamala helped fund the bailout of people that destroyed small businesses so it’s a bit hypocritical,” one tweeted at her on Sunday after she issued her call to “shop small.”
“Remember when you were fundraising to bail out criminals who destroyed small businesses during the riots?” another added.
Others, however, were annoyed by Harris’s intersectional appeal. “WTF? Why not just small businesses? Why do black owned and minority businesses need more relief than my small businesses?” one tweeted.