Senator Kamala Harris apologized on Twitter on Saturday and claimed that she had not heard from an audience member that President Trump would be mentally disabled on Friday & # 39; in a town hall – a comment she laughed at.
The Californian democrat had spoken in New Hampshire when the audience member made the remark about accusing the president of his feelings toward people of color.
& # 39; When my staff played the video from my town hall yesterday, it was disturbing, & # 39; Harris said in her chatter.
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Senator Kamala Harris apologized for appearing to be laughing at a man who claimed that President Donald Trump & # 39; mentally disabled & # 39; used to be
& # 39; I have not heard the words the man used at the time, but if I had done that, I would have stopped and corrected him. I apologize. That word and others find it unacceptable. Ever. & # 39;
Clips shared on social media show the exchange between Harris and the man, who says that accountability must be given and that politicians should not be afraid to start deposition procedures for the president.
& # 39; What are you going to do in the coming year to reduce the mental retardation of this guy, & # 39; said the man, walking away as the crowd burst out laughing.
Harris makes a short laugh and says: & # 39; Well said. & # 39; She then claims that she plans to win the election.
In an interview with CBS, Harris further clarified that she had not processed all his statements.
& # 39; What are you going to do in the coming year to reduce the mental retardation of this guy, & # 39; said the man, walking away as the crowd burst out laughing at New Hampshire town hall
& # 39; I heard him talk about the other things and then it came later and it wasn't something that I actually heard or processed or I don't approve of it in any way. That's for sure, & she explained.
& # 39; It's offensive and you would think that in 2019 people would better understand how hurtful such a term can be; but also the history behind it, which is a history of really ignoring the needs and reality and capacity of our disabled community. & # 39;
Harris has advocated for people with disabilities in the past and issued a policy proposal in August to help the specific community economically.
Harris has advocated for people with disabilities in the past and issued a policy proposal in August to help the specific community economically
& # 39; Kamala believes in an America that is fully accessible and inclusive to everyone and its administration will fight to make this a reality in all parts of our society & # 39 ;, its proposal states.
& # 39; As president, Kamala will have several leaders with disabilities who will develop all the policies that are her governing champions, including priorities that will elevate people with disabilities. & # 39;
Trump was downright criticized when he mocked a New York Times reporter who was physically disabled in 2015.
Trump was utterly criticized when he mocked a New York Times reporter who was physically handicapped in 2015 (photo)
And in August, the National Alliance on Mental Illness condemned comments from President Trump, in which he & # 39; false stereotypes & # 39; about psychiatric institutions & # 39; committed & # 39; and people with mental illness & # 39; monsters & # 39; called.
& # 39; The president should talk about better care and earlier access to intensive treatment, and not re-visit the shameful institutions of our past & # 39 ;, said Angela Kimball, National Alliance on Mental Disness Acting CEO statement.
& # 39; Words matter, Mr. President. & # 39; These people & # 39; are our friends, neighbors, children, spouses. They are not & # 39; monsters & # 39 ;, & # 39; mentally ill & # 39; or & # 39; crazy people & # 39; – it's us. Talking about reinstitutionalization marginalizes and isolates only one in five people with mental illness. Instead, we must talk about the power of early treatment and effective intervention to change lives. & # 39;
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