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Former Democratic congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard slammed Vice President Kamala Harris’ file on marijuana prosecution after Harris condemned Russia’s imprisonment of WNBA star Brittney Griner on a hashish cost.
“One other be aware of hypocrisy coming from Kamala Harris and this administration is you talked about throughout her illustrious file as lawyer common in California…she stored prisoners in jail longer than their sentences to make use of them as free slave labor but on the identical time these exact same individuals are condemning different nations for doing the very same factor,” Gabbard advised Fox Information host Will Cain.
Griner was sentenced by a Russian courtroom to 9 years in jail this week after being caught with a hashish vape pen at an airport close to Moscow earlier this 12 months.
The sentence earned widespread condemnation from U.S. officers together with Harris who mentioned she is working to safe Griner’s launch.
“With as we speak’s sentencing, Russia continues its wrongful detention of Brittney Griner. She needs to be launched instantly,” Harris tweeted on Thursday. “@POTUS and I, and our complete Administration, are working daily to reunite Brittney, in addition to Paul Whelan, with family members who miss every of them dearly.”
Gabbard, who identified that she additionally opposes Griner’s sentence, mentioned that the “factor that struck me” concerning the tweet from Harris is that her administration has not expressed the identical sentiment for folks accused of marijuana crimes domestically.
“The place is your outrage on your fellow Individuals who’re sitting in jail as we speak right here within the United States of America for minor marijuana violations,” Gabbard mentioned. “How come you aren’t combating as exhausting for them to be returned house and reunited with their households as you’re for Brittney Griner.”
Gabbard added that she believes Harris is sending the message that the wealthy and highly effective in america can be handled otherwise than common Individuals relating to prosecuting marijuana crimes.
“Sadly, like too many politicians, plainly she places her finger to the wind and decides the issues she’s imagined to be offended about on any given day and if it turns into politically inconvenient or damaging then she’ll swap the opposite manner,” Gabbard mentioned about Harris prosecuting marijuana offenders as California’s lawyer common.
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Fox Information Digital.