Major backlash broke out on social media on Tuesday after Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece blamed, without evidence, “white men” for Monday’s Colorado shooting before the identity of the suspect was revealed.
Fox News reported on Tuesday that Meena Harris wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted, “Violent white man are the greatest terrorist threat to our country.”
Just so we’re clear, this is the misinformation that @MeenaHarris had spread: https://t.co/R0pN17pR77
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) March 23, 2021
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After the first tweet drew so much heat on the vice president’s niece, she apparently deleted it and added a follow up post.
“I deleted a previous tweet about the suspect in the Boulder shooting,” Harris wrote.
She continued, “I made an assumption based on his being taken into custody alive and the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the US are carried out by white men.”
I deleted a previous tweet about the suspect in the Boulder shooting. I made an assumption based on his being taken into custody alive and the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. are carried out by white men.
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) March 23, 2021
Harris Wasn’t Alone In Blaming “White Men” Before The Facts
Harris by no means was the only person jumping to conclusions to push their narrative before any evidence came out.
Feminist author Amy Siskind tweeted on Monday, “The shooter was taken into custody.”
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“In other words it was almost certainly a white man (again),” she assumed. “If he were Black or Brown he would be dead.”
The shooter is was taken into custody.
In other words it was almost certainly a white man (again). If he were Black or Brown he would be dead.
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) March 23, 2021
Backlash Against Blaming White Men Without Evidence
The backlash was fierce.
Republican operative Matt Whitlock tweeted, “This is WILD from Kamala Harris’s niece.”
He followed up with another tweet, writing, “This is all really really bad.”
This is all really really bad. pic.twitter.com/v4YL6aiEtn
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) March 23, 2021
Conservative columnist Drew Holden made an important point.
“Feel like we have a word for rushing to make assumptions about someone accused of a crime based on racial trends in crime?” Holden tweeted.
Feel like we have a word for rushing to make assumptions about someone accused of a crime based on racial trends in crime? https://t.co/HEl99DzZn1
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) March 23, 2021
One user wrote, “Maybe you can do better than assume things about tragic events for RTs? It that too much to ask?”
Maybe you can do better than assume things about tragic events for RTs? It that too much to ask? https://t.co/7mN8Dm2nAn
— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) March 23, 2021
“Her original tweets (below) were factually wrong and idiotic, but the apology admits everything,” wrote the Free Beacon’s Bret Scher.
Her original tweets (below) were factually wrong and idiotic, but the apology admits everything pic.twitter.com/ltZrOjiGYj
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) March 23, 2021
Republican operative Jesse Hunt observed, “This clean up tweet is quite the self own.”
This clean up tweet is quite the self own https://t.co/OtSrcmhOc7
— Jesse Hunt (@JJHunt10) March 23, 2021
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Ironically, Harris would later retweet far-left ‘Squad’ member Rep. Ilhan Omar, who – also ironically – claimed that the race of perpetrators is only front and center when they aren’t white.
Which, as we know, is the exact opposite of what happened.
Harris was a high profile part of her aunt’s 2020 campaign. She is a children’s book author who has written books focusing on inspiring young girls.
Now, Meena Harris can add being the author of presumptuous and embarrassing tweets to her resume.
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