By: Ted Beust | Our Voice Contributor
We all now know that the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, has picked former California Senator and Attorney General, Kamala Harris, for Vice President.
The Republicans and more specifically President Trump have made advertisement after advertisement saying that Biden and Harris are “soft on crime” and want to “de-fund the police.” However, if you dive deep into their criminal justice history, that couldn’t be further from the truth. If Trump bothered to look at their histories, he actually would be quite pleased with their record on criminal justice, especially Biden’s.
The truth is that former Vice President Biden, or as I like to call him “Crime Bill Biden,” is relatively tough on crime. His legislative record proves it. In 1994 he was the author of the Crime Bill, also known as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act with influence from various police groups. The bill was signed into law by former president Bill Clinton with bipartisan support. The Crime Bill built more prisons, enacted an assault weapons ban, and put 100,000 more police officers on American streets. This bill led to broken homes and disproportionate crackdowns on poor minority communities across America.
This is in spite of him saying in a Democratic debate, “Nobody should be in jail for a non-violent crime.”
Kamala Harris, or to some she is known as “Copmala” Harris, is also tough-on-crime. While acting as Attorney General in 2010, she laughed at her opponent’s view on legalizing marijuana despite admitting that she smoked it in college and locked people in jail for marijuana possession.
However now that the idea of the legalization of recreational marijuana is more popular year after year, she conveniently came out in favor of legalizing it and regulating it.
If you think this is just nothing more than a political calculation that’s equivalent to Hillary Clinton not supporting gay marriage until 2013, you would be correct.
According to an article from Politico, she let current Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs lackey Steve Mnuchin (yes, THAT Steve Mnuchin) get off punishment-free with foreclosing homeowners during the housing crisis in the late 2000s whilst working for One West Bank. To add to it, she tried to wipe away any traces of evidence relating to the foreclosures.
So is Trump correct in saying that both of them are soft on crime? Absolutely not. Is it right to say that the Democratic ticket for President is two-faced on the issue of criminal justice? Yes.
With Biden’s writing of the crime bill and Harris’s almost complete exoneration of Steve Mnuchin foreclosing houses, it’s safe to say they’re not soft; they’re almost as hard on crime as they could get.