Yesterday, December 3rd, Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) officially dropped out of the presidential race, stating that her campaign has not raised enough money to compete with the other candidates running for president. Harris was once considered a frontrunner in the race, and many see her departure as premature and disappointing, as her presence helped make the potential 2020 Democratic primary the most diverse to date.
Harris’s untimely step back from the race leaves an opening for her self-funded and billionaire rivals (like Mike Bloomberg and Andrew Yang), and politically green newcomers (Pete Buttigieg), to pick up the slack—candidates whom many argue are simply not qualified to tackle presidential duties.
It has been the honor of my life to be your candidate. We will keep up the fight. pic.twitter.com/RpZhx3PENl— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 3, 2019
Supporters of Harris are sad to see their more-than-qualified champion leave the race, especially when there is an abundance of questionable male candidates (looking at you John Delaney and Michael Bennet) still in it to win it—oh, and Marianne Williamson. We cannot forget about Marianne Williamson.
Despite the exciting initial diversity among the Democratic candidates, sadly, many are unsurprised that the only woman candidate of color was underfunded and forced to dip out before the race truly heated up.
I have never felt more excited or inspired by a political candidate than you, Senator Harris. You navigated this primary with grace and incredible resolve up against a relentless and unmerciful bias your opponents did not. I am heartbroken to see your campaign come to an end.— this is a whites only primary (@notcapnamerica) December 3, 2019
“.@KamalaHarris’ destiny should’ve been decided by voters in Iowa...” ~ @CoryBooker— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) December 4, 2019
True that, Cory.
He also said that we started with the most diverse field ever, but because of DNC rules, our next debate may not have any POC on the stage.
Before ANY votes are cast.
Cory Booker on @AM2DM right now about his friend Kamala Harris leaving the race: "My first reaction was just anger... I don't understand how we've gotten tot his place where there's more billionaires in the race than there are black people."— Molly Hensley-Clancy (@mollyhc) December 4, 2019
These letters from my daughters were left on the kitchen counter before they went to school this morning. They're letters to Senator @KamalaHarris.— Deitra Matthews (@deitramatthews) December 4, 2019
I'm grateful that my daughters had this experience. One day, I know that I'll read about it in full colored detail.#ForThePeople pic.twitter.com/YfyupJheBU
Of course, Harris was not a perfect candidate. She floundered on her stance on healthcare and couldn’t decide if she agreed with the idea of a “Medicare for All”-type plan—the kind of plan Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been pushing for throughout their entire campaign.
Furthermore, Harris has faced criticism surrounding her prosecutorial record, student-debt-forgiveness plan, and the way she handled inner turmoil within her campaign toward the end of her run.
However, in theory, Harris has plenty of time to solidify her stance on any of the above issues and had already qualified to take part in the December 19th Democratic debate. And yet, financing from once-reliable backers dwindled.
For all the (justified) critique of Kamala Harris record, Klobuchar was also a prosecutor who hasn’t faced a fraction of that scrutiny, Biden still leading despite writing the Crime Bill and Pete is up in the polls after his police force killed a black man during the campaign. https://t.co/jpp04C8f2s— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) December 4, 2019
As Harris stated in her departure video, she will keep fighting against the current injustices in America, and tweeted that she strongly supports the current Trump impeachment inquiry.
Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’ll see you at your trial. https://t.co/iiS17NY4Ry— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 3, 2019
We’re disappointed to see Senator Harris exit the presidential race, as she brought a fresh perspective to the debate stage. However, we know she’ll stay active in government and remain unafraid to speak the truth.