Kamala’s Lies Are Fruitful But Unbecoming
It’s not just a case of sour grapes when I point out that Vice President Kamala Harris has been caught in yet another obvious lie, this one over when she first had a grape in support of labor unions and their picket lines.
During a Labor Day interview, Harris claimed that she first tried grapes in her 20s because she would “never cross a picket line,” — but a review of dates involved reveals problems with the account.
Eating table grapes was shunned by labor activists from the time Harris was 19 to 36 — meaning Harris would have indeed flouted a picket line if her story is true.
“This sounds quaint, and so I’m reluctant to say it, but, you know, I didn’t eat a grape until I was in my 20s,” Harris told The Nation in an interview published Monday.
“Like, literally, had never had a grape. I remember the first time I had a grape; I went, ‘Wow! This is quite tasty.’ It was absolutely ingrained so deeply in me: Never cross a picket line.”
But The NY Post has found one or two wrinkles in Harris’ story that make it inconsistent with the timeline of the three major grape boycotts spearheaded by the Cesar Chavez-led United Farm Workers (UFW).
The UFW launched its third and longest California grape boycott in June 1984, just over four months before Harris’ 20th birthday, and it lasted until 2000, when Harris was 36.
According to the New York Post, the first outlet to catch Harris in this lie, the vice president’s office has not responded to their request for comment on the discrepancy.
It’s not the first story told by Harris to raise eyebrows. During the 2020 campaign, then-President, Donald Trump and his allies attacked Harris as an unprincipled “phony.”
For example, detractors say that Harris lied in a 2019 radio interview about “smoking pot in college while listening to Tupac and Snoop Dogg.”
Critics pointed out that Harris graduated from Howard University in 1986, long before Tupac released his first album in 1991 and about seven years before Snoop Dogg released his first album in 1993.
Harris’s defenders argued she did not lie, but instead was saying which musicians she listened to while getting high but not necessarily in college. But the episode became a campaign flashpoint, especially due to the fact that Harris went on to oversee 1,900 marijuana convictions as San Francisco district attorney.
The vice president’s head-turning account about eating grapes gained social media attention before a review of the timeline by The Post.
Harris was born in 1964, just before the UFW’s first grape boycott fighting for higher wages and better work conditions. The first UFW grape boycott ended in 1970, when Harris was 5 years old. A second boycott began three years later, in 1973 and ended in 1978.