Sen. Kamala Harris Kamala Devi Harris Democrats ignore voters from Asia and the Pacific at their peril Harris reveals plans to offer over 500,000 veterans support in health care and housing Hill editor-in-chief: Sanders alleviates fears among seniors The campaign "Medicare for All" MORE (19659003) (D-Calif.) said on Saturday that it had not "processed" what a questioner in New Hampshire President Trump "As" mentally retarded "when she laughed and responded with" Well said. "
In a Friday afternoon clip, questioner Harris asked why the Congressional Democrats had refused to continue the impeachment process next year to reduce the mentally retarded actions "of Trump.
During a rally, a voter described Trump's actions as "mentally blown back," prompting @KamalaHarris to laugh and say, "Well said, well said."
– Kendally Brown (@kendallybrown) September 7, 2019
"Well said," Harris answered as the crowd applauded before they added. I plan to win this election. I tell you that.
The Harris campaign referred The Hill to an interview Harris conducted with CBS's Caitlin Huey-Burns on Saturday, in which Harris said the man had "not really heard or used the phrase". "
@KamalaHarris told me," in 2019, people should know that it is hurtful. "She said she did not hear him using the term.
– Caitlin Huey-Burns September 7, 2019
While" mentally retarded "was once the clinical term for mental disabilities It is now regarded as a bow, especially when used as an insult.
Harris admitted this story in the US The interview told Burns, "It is offensive and you would think that in 2019 people would spend a lot to understand better how hurtful such a term can be, but also the story behind it, in which one really ignores the needs and the realities and capacity of our disability community. "
Activists for disability rights criticized Harris when he asked the questioner laughed.
"The fight against the R-word is the right to disability 101. We have been working against this word for decades," said the journalist and The Histori David M. Perry told The Hill, "As the father of a boy with Down Syndrome, I expect my leaders to at least do these basic things right so that we can work on much more difficult issues of justice and justice," he added ,
"We are not the butt of jokes, we are the first humans. Why should voters vote for them with [intellectual disabilities] now that she made fun of her? "Said Ivanova Smith, a faculty member at the University of Washington, opposite The Hill.
"We also have a say in politics, and our voice is important, and I say that myself as a self-advocate of leadership," she added.
Several incidents in recent years, involving both Republicans and Democrats, have aroused the anger of disability rights activists who perceived these figures mocking disabled people or using them as an abbreviation for an insult.
In 2010, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel apologized for calling progressive activists "retards." The year before, President Obama in an interview with Jay Leno apologized for calling his bowling skills "Special Olympics."
President Trump was convicted of making hand gestures that seemed to mock New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis.
Trump has denied that the gesture was meant as a mockery of Kovaleski's disability and denied ever having met him face to face. Kovaleski previously told Trump for the New York Daily News, where he said they had met dozens of times.