Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) made an outlandish comment during an interview with MSNBC yesterday. She seemed to think that referring to screaming protesters interrupting the Kavanaugh hearings as ‘hysterical’ was sexist.
The Free Beacon has the rundown:
MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes also played a clip of Sen. Ben Sasse’s (R., Neb.) opening statement on Tuesday, during which he said people are “going to pretend” Americans do not remember “screaming protesters” at every Supreme Court hearing for decades.
“What’s the hysteria coming from? The hysteria around Supreme Court confirmation hearings is coming from the fact that we have a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the Supreme Court in American life now,” Sasse said.
Harris took issue with Sasse’s use of the term “hysteria” to refer to women protesting.
“I think it’s a mistake to refer to women who are using their voice to protest a flawed process, to refer to them as hysterical,” she said. “There is a whole line of discussion and writings on how the word hysteria has been used to talk about women who own their power.”
Harris was the first lawmaker to interrupt the proceedings on Tuesday in an orchestrated Democratic effort to protest their lack of time to review newly released documents pertaining to Kavanaugh’s service in the George W. Bush administration. She and other Senate Democrats have called for the hearing to be postponed, to no avail.
OK, now THIS is hysterical: At around 2:45 in this video, Sen. Harris is explaining how calling the protesters "hysterical" is a red herring, and just then @chrislhayes's producers begin playing video of a couple of protesters literally screaming at the hearing. Great timing! https://t.co/Z0E98FMiJR
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) September 5, 2018