As Twitchy reported earlier, Sen. Kamala Harris was at a campaign event Friday when a questioner asked her about President Trump’s “mentally retarded” actions, to which she laughed with the crowd and responded, “Well said, well said.”
Approached by a CBS News reporter the following day, as the video was going viral, Harris condemned the language as offensive and hurtful and said that, had she actually heard the man the assembled crowd and the rest of us watching on video all heard loud and clear, she would have corrected him and asked him to not use such hurtful language. Instead, not knowing what he said, she responded, “Well said. Well said.”
Let’s check in on some headlines and with some reporters to see how that story is playing out in the media. Be on the lookout for, “Republicans pounce!”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 7, 2019
This was after a staffer showed her the video and she actually saw herself laughing at the comment, mind you.
Except she laughed and said it was worded perfectly pic.twitter.com/uBb3ZaDClw
— The Gomez (@cyclinggomez) September 7, 2019
She laughed and said, "well said, well said." Why are you sugar coating this for a candidate who has no chance, anyway?
— Patrick (@Plindsey2323) September 7, 2019
Your headline is offensive and hurtful, you hacks.
— Funky Code Medina ✝️ (@spazafraz) September 7, 2019
And she laughed.
— DEN (@dennisupdike) September 7, 2019
Stop covering for her
— Lisa (@kittywhisperer7) September 7, 2019
After she giggled and agreed! You guys are shameless
— patrick mcmurtry (@patrickmcmurtry) September 7, 2019
She laughed and the said “well said.” We know that the media wants to help Dems but this is some next level #FakeNews.
— The Real Swin Shady 🇺🇸 (@david_swinford) September 7, 2019
Actually, what she said was "Well said, well said". There's a video of it.
She backtracked after it was pointed out that it was offensive.
— Is this real? (@XavierZelf) September 7, 2019
“Well said, we’ll said” now means “offensive and hurtful” one of you guys is lying😂😂
— notmisspopularity (@ramirezexpress) September 7, 2019
And she vowed right then and there to prosecute the guy who said it and then later apologize for prosecuting him.
— David M. Hagen (@HagenMDavid1) September 7, 2019
— Burt L (@BurtLanod) September 7, 2019
Harris did not hear the guy say the word ‘retarded’ in the same way that she did not understand the question about eliminating private healthcare.
— RoidRageFredo (@Deplorable1520) September 7, 2019
Yesterday she thought it was quite funny.@CBSNews is simply a SuperPac for the Democratic Party.
— Jack Ryan (@JackRyanGTI) September 7, 2019
You see, Democratic candidates like @KamalaHarris can lie with impunity about anything that might embarrass them because she knows mainstream media outlets like @CBSNews will lie and cover for her. And because the truth doesn't get repeated, the lie is allowed to continue. https://t.co/LdgZ7IK5LD
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) September 7, 2019
And he’s Politico’s headline, which The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel calls, “weird.”
Kamala Harris repeatedly defends response to mental health slur at rallyhttps://t.co/9kpiHnTF12
— POLITICO (@politico) September 7, 2019
This is a weird headline because she *did* condemn it, albeit after a video of the comment circulated. (The really bad actors here are the voters who clearly heard the comment and laughed.) https://t.co/SElv6Uobm5
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 7, 2019
— Jim Howells (@JamesBHowells) September 7, 2019
Dave, I'm asking the sincerely: how do you come away from that video with the impression that the voters "clearly" heard the comment and laughed, but Harris, who also laughed, did not clearly hear him, when she was looking directly at him?
— cell phone/self-own♿️ (@g3thaunted) September 7, 2019
didnt she laugh as well? 🤔
— Ted Baxter (@TedBaxter4trump) September 7, 2019
She absolutely 100% laughed https://t.co/BydnN3Wj2Z
— brian abrams (@BrianAbrams) September 7, 2019
Thing is, she DID hear the comment…. and she laughed and said "Well said". If this was Trump or even Joe Biden, you'd rightfully be condemning them. This was a really bad look for Harris and should be the beginning of the end of her campaign.
— Max Power (@MaxPower_007) September 7, 2019
Yeah, she heard it initially because she praised the question, now she’s lying and pretending like she didn’t hear it. This is why her campaign is collapsing: nothing but walk backs after negative press no matter the issue.
— Donald Spines (@SunnyDfan4eva) September 7, 2019
BS….She laughed and said "Well said, Well said"…only after her staff got to her and let her know "retarded" was a big no-no did she decide to lie about hearing what the man said. #MediaBias
— Henry Chinaski (@ashsoles) September 7, 2019
The other "bad actor" MIGHT BE THE DUDE WHO FUCKING SAID IT
— Quintessential (@Genuflectional) September 7, 2019
We’re telling you, CNN’s Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy are in the CNN-mobile right now tracking him down so they can interrogate him tomorrow on “Reliable Sources” and squeeze out an apology.
Do you honestly believe she didn't hear it? Come on.
— CalAttorney (@CAAttorney1) September 7, 2019
No serious person actually believes she didn't hear what that man said. 🙄
— Patrick (@Plindsey2323) September 7, 2019
Between watching you guys carry water for this laughably transparent lie, and watching you completely ignore Biden's outrageous lie about putting kids in cages, it's hard to figure out how we ended up with a president who lies all the time
— B (@wastetime) September 7, 2019
She heard him and laughed and walked it back as she walks back everything — there’s your headline.
‘Please apologize’: Kamala Harris laughed and thought it was ‘well said’ to call Trump’s actions ‘mentally retarded’ https://t.co/q6xbCvRtGP
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 7, 2019