Reaction among Kamala Devi Harris’s most ardent Indian American supporters was mixed as to the prognosis in some quarters that the veritable “body blow” against her that Tulsi Gabbard delivered at the July debate was the beginning of the end and what ultimately led to Harris deciding to quit her presidential quest.
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Staunch Indian American supporters and fundraisers of Sen. Kamala Devi Harris, have excoriated Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for her vitriolic attack against Harris at the Democratic presidential debate on July 31, during which Gabbard pilloried Harris for her prosecutorial record as Attorney General of California. In interviews with India Abroad, the supporters of Harris argued that the attacks by Gabbard of Hawaii were a desperate attempt by a presidential candidate who is hardly a blip in the polls.
Much to the surprise of the purveyors of the fundraising data of the Democratic presidential candidates, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii — the first Hindu-American U.S. Congresswoman, but of non-Indian ethnicity — who is hardly a blip in the polls — has raised three times more from the Indian-American community than U.S. Senator Kamala Devi Harris of California - of Indian and Jamaican parentage.
Neal Kumar Katyal, the former acting solicitor general in the Obama administration and currently the tenured Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law at Georgetown University has undeniably been the most high-profile and consequential commentator throughout Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of President Donald Trump and his presidential campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
Since declaring her intent to run for the presidency in 2020 earlier this month on CNN’s The Van Jones Show, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, the first Hindu American elected to the U.S. Congress, has been ravaged on social media, including by millennial Indian American Democratic progressives, particularly for her decades-old homophobia and anti-LGBTQ bias.
Having ignited a major controversy, an Ohio lawmaker has backed off from his earlier remarks that he believed law-abiding public high school students should be able to carry guns. Republican state legislator Niraj Antani’s comments earlier this month drew angry backlash from Indian-American progressives and gun-control advocates.