Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris Can't Stop Promising To Do Things Via Executive Order

At the second Democratic debate, the presidential hopeful showed her affinity for executive action.


Executive orders on executive orders! If Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) becomes president, expect a lot of them.

Near the start of the second Democratic primary debate, the presidential hopeful said she would usurp executive authority to reinstate protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.

"I will immediately, by executive action, reinstate DACA status and DACA protection to those young people," she said. "I will further extend protection for deferral of deportation for their parents and for veterans…. I will also immediately put in place a meaningful process for reviewing the cases for asylum and release children from cages and get rid of the private detention centers."

President Donald Trump successfully weaponized this issue because his predecessor, President Barack Obama, implemented DACA via executive action—a sobering reminder of the flimsy nature of such directives, which can be overturned when a new commander in chief enters the Oval Office.

Harris also threatened to use executive action to curb gun use if Congress does not act within the first 100 days of her presidency. An executive order would be put in place to establish a "comprehensive background check policy," she said, and she would also require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "to take the licenses of gun dealers who violate the law." Another executive order would ban imports on assault weapons, she said. Such measures have failed to pass Congress for years.

Harris' rhetoric on Thursday night matches her past statements expressing support for executive action on both guns and immigration.

But she did change her position (once again) on whether she would abolish private health insurers by implementing Medicare for All. In a January CNN town hall, Harris said she supported the measure, then walked those comments back almost immediately after. Tonight, though, she was in favor again—one of two candidates to raise their hands when asked by moderators if they would eradicate all private insurance companies.

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  1. Willie Brown did, and she studied ‘under’ him.
    What do you expect?:

    “News that the Transbay Terminal is something like $300 million over budget should not come as a shock to anyone. We always knew the initial estimate was way under the real cost. Just like we never had a real cost for the [San Francisco] Central Subway or the [San Francisco-Oakland] Bay Bridge or any other massive construction project. So get off it. In the world of civic projects, the first budget is really just a down payment. If people knew the real cost from the start, nothing would ever be approved. The idea is to get going. Start digging a hole and make it so big, there’s no alternative to coming up with the money to fill it in [emphasis added].”

  2. These debates were so bad they had to call in plumbers to clean up the mess. The only ones who came off as even remotely sane are Tulsi and Hickenlooper, and the one time Buttigieg made a well-thought out point about tariffs, he got NO reaction whatsoever because the NPC audience hadn’t been programmed to clap on that particular issue.

    Also, RIP Biden and Bernie’s candidacies.

    1. yup, Hickenlooper at 0 percent after ripping socialism.
      Tulsi at 3 percent after ripping war.

  3. There’s no cure for being a cunt

    1. The Hound will be missed…

      1. I’m pretty sure that was a Bronn Line, the Hound said that people who name their swords are cunts.

        1. I think you are correct. Good catch

  4. Can we just change the name of them to “despotic order”? I don’t see anything that allows for one man to make and change laws at whim in a free society especially our where “powers” are so clearly spelled out.

  5. Lots more 9-0 and 8-1 SCOTUS decisions coming down the pike in the Harris Administration

    1. Don’t worry, she’ll make sure it comes out 9-10 or better. Also get used to seeing her friends like Willie Brown on the bench.

    2. No, future Supreme Court decisions will be like 21-5 after she stuffs the court.

  6. Fascists gotta be Fascists.

  7. I still think a tournament style arrangement, with only 2 at a time, and tough moderators would be best. These were just long, unpaid propaganda sessions.

    1. My husband asked me who I thought won and I was like, no one wins. They aren’t real debates, just highly staged expensive commercials. Also, I didn’t watch just like I don’t want commercials for products for male pattern baldness. There are some things I’m just not in the market for.

      1. For me, Corey Booker’s side-eye at Beto answering in Spanish was the overwhelming winner

  8. Does anyone seriously think that ‘Heels Up Harris’ has a viable shot at the big chair? Not happening. She will not survive the strict scrutiny that is about to start in four months time (October), leading up to the first primary.

    The problem I see with Senator Harris is that she simply does not ‘connect’ with people. That intangible quality is a must have.

    1. Yeah, I’m assuming that in spite of how crazy the dems are, they know Kamala extract is too crazy for the general and would push more independents over to trump. She takes disingenuous to whole new levels.

    2. She’s got the “it” factor though. People want their presidential candidates to destroy the enemy party.

    3. The problem I see with Senator Harris is that she simply does not ‘connect’ with people. That intangible quality is a must have.

      She does connect with people: she causes revulsion.

  9. Kamala Rouge!!!! 2020

  10. Kamala Harris put single women of color in jail and fined them even though they were poor. She is worse than any segregationist. Her cross examination of Biden is exactly why she should not be president. It is not a job for a cop or prosecutor.

    1. “”It is not a job for a cop or prosecutor.””

      So much this.

    2. Idiot Biden could have shut her up easily:

      “Sometimes you have to work with people you don’t always agree with or admire to get things done. Apparently you were asleep in history class when our WW2 alliance with Joseph Stalin – one of the greatest murderers in history – was covered.

      A person who can’t work with a wide range of characters, some disreputable, will be a complete failure in Washington.”

  11. […] from a Trump-like propensity for twisting the truth, Harris also shares the current president’s hunger (and that of his predecessor) for executive power. Last night, and throughout her campaign, Harris promised to override Congress and use executive […]

  12. […] the second Democratic debate Thursday night, Harris was one of two candidates to raise her hand when asked if she would extinguish private insurers. She shared an […]

  13. tyrants gotta tyrant

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