“She’s a Cop” is an ill-advised attack on Harris by #nonpartisanprogressives

Senator Kamala Harris (R-CA) is running for President

“She’s a Cop”

Senator Kamala Harris wants to be President of the United States. She’s going to be a formidible candidate, and that makes folks supporting lesser candidates nervous. Those folks now chant “she’s a cop” on social media, in an effort to discredit Harris. It’s a racist, misogynistic attack.

Supporters of Senator Sanders have issues with discussion and discourse. “We don’t want a coronation” was a common trope in 2015, as the Democratic candidates for President lined up. Secretary Clinton’s massive advantages in popularity and fund raising meant they had to go on the attack early.

The “we don’t want a coronation” line appealed to discussion and debate. We aren’t an organized political party, after all. We’re Democrats. We put ideas out in the street and talk them out. That was fine, but then the Sanders folks moved to brutal attacks, some of which were long-standing Republican tropes. That’s because their candidate was losing. The Clinton campaign had a better ground game, and Super Tuesday proved that.

In the 2020 cycle, there’s no coronation. A number of candidates are testing the waters. Sanders isn’t the “or” in an either-or equation. So, his disciples attack what they think is an easy target, Senator Harris.

Attorneys General aren’t cops

“In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.”

–Introduction to the television show, “Law & Order”

Before going to DC as a Senator from California, Kamala Harris was that state’s Attorney General. Before that, she was a district attorney. She’s not a police officer, any more than the DAs on the teevee show were police officers. They were officers of the court, and part of the process, but they were separate.

Those saying “she’s a cop” know that.

Race-based attacks

The “she’s a cop” attack is a cynical tactic. Those saying it believe they can appeal to the general distrust of law enforcement in minority communities. It’s a dogwhistle. They’re saying, “forget the fact that Harris looks like you. She doesn’t represent your interests.”

Nobody says “she’s a cop” when discussing Letitia Jones, Attorney General of New York. Nobody mistakes Louisiana Attorney General (and highly-visible racist) Jeff Landry for a cop. None of the other 99 members of the United States Senate are referred to as “cops.” Lindsey Graham was a Judge Advocate General in the United States Air Force. Nobody says “he’s a cop.”

Misogyny

Sanders supporters go after the woman. They need to tear down candidates who look more like the Democratic Party than the old white guy they advocate. In Kamala Harris, they give the misogynistic tactics used against Clinton a one-two punch, adding racism to the mix.

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