Forty-five men have had their chance at the U.S. presidency, and Hillary Clinton was robbed in 2016, so wake up America and let the women have a go at it in 2020. Trump is a national disgrace and a danger to our democracy, and it’s time to fumigate the White House and allow some cool breezes of fresh leadership to come in. After the tremendous Democratic boost of the mid-term elections during which a record number of women ran for office and won their races, three prominent Democrat women, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, and Kirsten Gillibrand, have formed exploratory committees and are virtually running. So it seems.
But on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with her definitive announcement that she will be entering the 2020 presidential race, California Senator Kamala Harris has added another first to a series of impressive firsts on her substantial political resume, and this race just got interesting.
As a former resident of California myself, having resided in the state for over 40 years, I witnessed her ascendance from a “top-flight prosecutor” to Attorney General and I voted for her twice. And even though she was often referred to as “the female Obama”, Senator Harris has proven herself to be a fearless female warrior in her own right. A longtime advocate and champion of juvenile rights, she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases. In addition, Harris argued for treating “habitual and chronic truancy” among children in elementary school as a crime committed by the parents of truant children. Her focused argument was that there is a direct connection between habitual truancy in elementary school and crime later in life. Her openness and accessibility were impressive and she made a sincere effort to earn the support of the people of California.
Paying homage in her announcement to Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to run for president (in 1972), Harris also chose Chisholm’s advertisement color scheme for her campaign posters. And in a Tweet after making her announcement today, Harris had this to say:
“We’re facing a leadership crisis in the White House. From referring to white supremacists as “very fine people,” to putting children in cages, to sabotaging our country’s health care, we know America can be better than this — but it’s on us to build it….Let’s do this together.”