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Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris for V.P. and the Trump campaign is rightly licking its chops. Get ready. The campaign is on. I'm Ben Shapiro. This is The Ben Shapiro Show. This show is sponsored by Express VPN, if you don't like the government spying on you, visit Express VPN dot com segment to stay safely anonymous. So so it has happened. Joe Biden finally picked his VP or as I like to put it, heir apparent. Harris apparent.
You got it. You got to got it because he is not going to live through his first term. OK, I know we're not supposed to say that. I know we're not supposed to say that, but six in 10 Americans agree with me, including some fifty seven percent of independents and forty nine percent of Democrats. The reason that the VP pick matters this time and I have been a longtime advocate of the notion that the VP pick does not matter nearly at all.
It matters this time because everyone assumes that Joe Biden is at the very least, not going to run for re-election and probably will not finish his first term. He himself has called himself a transitional candidate. He is obviously in a state of cognitive decline. It is perfectly obvious to everyone. And at this point, President Trump should simply ignore Joe Biden and go directly after Kamala Harris and say this is the next president of the United States, not Joe Biden.
And Joe Biden made her the issue. This is a real strategic blunder by Biden. I'm frankly amused and astonished by the number of people in the conventional political class who have suggested that this was the safest pick. This was the pick that made the most sense. It makes no sense at all. None. Biden's entire campaign is predicated on the assumption that Joe Biden is basically a return to normalcy. He is a nonthreatening, elderly, grandfatherly character who's not going to threaten anything about the way America was running before President Trump became president.
He's not a radical. He's not transformative. He's just a dude. And because he's just a dude and kind of an elderly doddering due to that, you don't have to worry about Joe Biden. You don't have to worry about chaos in the streets. You don't have to worry about the crazy tweets coming out of the White House. All you have to do is simply go about your business and Joe Biden will have your back. That was the Biden campaign in a nutshell.
And so you should focus when you go into the voting booth on his opponent, you focus on the volatility and the and the kind of craziness of Donald Trump's presidency when he choose to vote. So when he picked a VP, he should have underscored those strengths. What he should have done, as you should have picked somebody like Amy Klobuchar, you should have picked somebody who is inherently nonthreatening, somebody that the American public widely perceived to be somewhat moderate.
Instead, he decided to cave to the Twitter Hoddy. And he made this mistake for a couple of reasons. First, he decided very early on that he was going to pick a woman. Well, as soon as you say that, you're basically going to pick a VP based on tokenistic concerns and let's face it, that is a tokenistic concern. Whether your VP is a woman like that, that does not say anything about her character. It does not say anything about her politics.
Nikki Haley is a woman. The idea that this is a criteria for picking the VP is the is the sex to which they belong is a bizarre idea on its face and becomes even more bizarre when you realize that the Democratic Party platform at this point is that women don't exist and a man can be a woman, says my friend Matt Walsh has pointed out it's very bizarre that the media are championing first female black VP pick by a Democrat. It just incredible, incredible stuff.
They don't even believe women exist. So I'm wondering what's so historic about an individual with the cervix, as the media might put it, being selected as the VP candidate? They can't. They literally say there are no differences between men and women to the point where a man can be a woman. But it's very historic that Kamala Harris is, in fact, a woman. In any case, Joe Biden early on signaled he was going to pick a woman.
Well, this boxed him in, but didn't box him in that much because there were still a bevy of qualified women who are out there then because he had already caved to. OK, I have to pick somebody who is representative of a particular demographic population in the United States. Then he was pushed into, OK, it has to be a black woman, has to be a woman of color. So he sort of fudged between black woman and woman of color.
And finally he settled on Kamala Harris and she was probably the worst available pick. There are some other people who are up for this thing. They've had Demings in Florida, largely anonymous, but at least not disliked by the American public. You had Karen Bass in California who kind of a communist, but again, not very well known and at least had significant support in the black community as the longtime head of the Congressional Black Caucus. And then you had Kamala Harris, a woman so deeply unpopular that she dropped out of the presidential race before her voters in California even had a chance to vote on her.
She was registering at seven percent in the California primaries. Kamala Harris was such a bad candidate that after jumping to the lead early on in the race, based again on those Twitter blue checkmarks, checking particular boxes, woman black, well, she jumped to the top of the race and then she immediately flamed out because it turns out that she's garbage and she's a terrible politician. She's manipulative, she's Machiavellian. She has very few principles. And what principles she does have are radical.
And that's who Joe Biden chose. Is that supposed to make people feel sanguine about the future of the country? Is that supposed to make people feel comforted and solidified in their belief that he is, in fact, a moderate who's going to carry American gentle waves to better days? Is that really the pick? That makes a lot of sense. The answer, of course, is no. And so the media have been attempting to spin this thing as though Harris is a moderate.
This is an incredible attempt. It really is, because as we will examine throughout today's show and in the coming days, Kamala Harris is not only not a moderate, she's extraordinarily radical in her policies. She's been rated one of the most liberal senators in the United States Senate. Gov tracked us, rated her as the fourth most liberal senator in the United States, senator in the United States Senate, just behind Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand. She voted with Bernie Sanders 92 percent of the time while she was in the Senate.
That is not a moderate and she's not a pragmatist either. She is she's a hardcore leftist who is a pragmatic only in the sense that she will do nearly anything to get ahead politically.
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So the media have been attempting to spin this thing and spin it. They have the New York Times headline. They tweeted this out, quote, Senator Kamala Harris of California is Joe Biden's pick for vice president. A pragmatic moderate. She's the first black woman on a major party ticket. Well, the only sentence, the only part of that sends the matter to The New York Times is, as we'll see, the last part of that sentence, that she's the first black woman on a major party ticket.
I don't think this has the same quite historic appeal. Black woman on a major party ticket as Barack Obama, first black president for two terms. I think we've already established in the United States that we are willing to elect black people to extraordinarily high office. Kamala Harris is not breaking any glass ceilings here because there was no glass ceiling. Hillary Clinton was the last major party nominee. She won the popular vote. So we've already had a woman who won the most popular votes in a presidential election that we've already had a two term black president.
So the notion that Kamala Harris faces unique obstacles is absolutely ridiculous. In fact, she faces such non-unique obstacles that you could flame out so dramatically as a candidate. She didn't even last to the first primary and then she can get selected specifically because she checked certain intersexual boxes. This is not the story of a woman who earned her way to the VP nomination. She completely blew herself up and didn't matter because the media clamored for particular boxes to be checked and thus the boxes were rejected.
She a pragmatic moderate. Of course, she's not a pragmatic moderate, but the New York Times is is doing the full on drool cup routine. The front page is just astonishing. I mean, the front page today is just created handcrafted in Kamala Harris third bedroom in her guesthouse. It's amazing. They've got the full on hero picture of Kamala Harris. She's crossing her arms. She's looking into the distance Che Guevara style. It's really it's really a beautiful photo.
The giant headline says Harris joins Biden ticket achieving a first. And then there are three more headlines.
Here are the here are the three more headlines ready for this political warrior shaped by life in two worlds. Political warrior shaped by life in two worlds, picks seen as safe but energizing or safe and also energizing. Why that's as good as it gets. It's both safe and energizing. I mean, it's like the Energizer Bunny, but also it's safe. Incredible. OK, and then there's this headline, Woman of color in number two slot of major party.
Wow. Unbelievable. Groundbreaking. Yes, we had a black president for two terms. We did. And we had a woman who won the most popular votes, but a woman of color in the number two slot of a major party.
Wow. Wow. Historic. But by the way, this is a pretty great country, is it not? I've been told that opportunities are not available to people of color. Kamala Harris is the daughter of a Jamaican immigrant and an Indian American immigrant. And she rose through the ranks to become a senator from California and then was selected as vice president of the United States. Seems like a pretty great life. It seems like there's a pretty damned great country that she will then set about her mind, too, to talk about how terrible it is.
OK, but so the media are just they've got the drool cups full out for Kamala Harris. David Axelrod says she's the safest pick the adviser to Barack Obama. Obama himself was very thrilled with the Kamala Harris pick. I'm old enough to remember when Barack Obama said some kind of sexist things about her looks actually back in the day. In any case, CNN's David Axelrod, he says it is a measure of these extraordinary times that Joe Biden's historic choice for vice president was also the most conventional in choosing Kamala Harris.
Biden selected the candidate who had been the front runner among political handicappers and betting markets for months. The senator from California fulfills Biden's pledge to name a woman and responds to the expectation that he would pick the first woman of color ever to serve on a national ticket. Pressure to make such a choice had been building since the killing of George Floyd, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Harris is a charismatic and telegenic politician. OK, so this is where it is pretty obvious that that David Axelrod has been taking Joe Rogan's advice and trying to get Harris is a charismatic and telegenic politician.
Really? Is she is she now? I mean, I suppose she's magnetic on television in the same way that Joaquin Phoenix is magnetic in that scene from Joker, where he goes on the late night show and then proceeds to laugh like hysterical, crazy person. As a U.S. senator and recent presidential candidate, Harris also means another important test for Biden. People familiar with research research the campaign undertook to inform its decision told me voters viewed her as among the most qualified to be president.
Day one, Elizabeth Warren, is just over in the corner crying somewhere.
By the way, the polling numbers like that are incredibly stupid. They view her as qualified to be president because they know her name. They didn't know the names of any of the other people being discussed. She is familiar with the maelstrom of a national campaign, says David Axelrod, having spent a year running for president, albeit unsuccessfully, though she was at times less than sure footed in dealing with incoming criticism. She understands the pace and nature of it, which will only intensify in the fall race against Trump.
Yes, I'm sure it's it's amazing. Apparently, everybody in the media have the have the memory span of a guppy and they're all like Dory from from Finding Nemo. They don't remember five minutes going. Tulsi Gabbard finished her on the stage. I mean, absolutely brutalized her. So President Trump, for his part, he reacted, he said, I'm glad that you'll pick Kamala Harris is correct. You should be glad that you'll pick Kamala Harris. Now he gets to turn this into a Trump versus Harris campaign, which is a much better campaign for him.
It's been difficult for him to attack Joe Biden because, again, Joe Biden is basically a dead person. Joe Biden is a corpse that is difficult to attack a corpse. But now, because it appears that Joe Biden has picked a radical as his VP candidate and because Joe Biden is a corpse, Trump should just go right around Biden. He should. Joe Biden was ignored for most of his political career because he's a career politician with no particular skills to recommend him.
He was ignored in 1000 presidential campaigns before, and then he was Obama's VP. It's only his association with others that has made Joe Biden in any way an important figure in Washington, D.C. And right now it is very obvious. I mean, Joe Biden himself has said that he's a transitional figure. So Trump should just treat him that way. He should treat him the same way that most Americans treat the Washington football team's new name. In fact, I think the Washington football team should rename itself the Washington Bidens in honor of the fact that it's an interim name that means nothing and will be gone incredibly soon.
Here was President Trump saying he's glad that Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris again. He should be. She was my number one pick. I mean, she was, as they would say, because hopefully your psychology. She was my number one draft pick and we'll see how she works out. She did very, very poorly in the primaries. As you know. She was expected to do well. And she was she ended up at right around two percent and spent a lot of money.
She had a lot of things happening. And so I was a little surprised that he picked her.
Fact check. True. Fact check. True. Trump then suggested that she is nasty and disrespectful, which, of course, is going to launch a thousand headlines about how it's sexist to point out that Kamala Harris is actually quite cruel, which she absolutely has will talk about in just a moment, not just to small children, children, but also to the person who she's now running with. We can get to that in just a moment here. Here is Trump going after Harris yesterday.
She's got a lot of difficult things that she's going to have to explain. Plus, she was very, very nasty to one of the reasons that surprised me. She was very she was probably nastier than even Pocahontas to Joe Biden. She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden. And it's hard to pick somebody that's disrespectful when she said things during the debates, during the Democratic primary debates that were horrible.
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Kamala Harris ran for president by rushing to the radical left, embracing Bernie's plan for socialized medicine, calling for trillions in new taxes, attacking Joe Biden for racist policies. Voters rejected her as they smartly spotted a phony, but not Joe Biden. He's not that smart. Biden calls himself a transition candidate. He is handing over the reins to Comilla while they jointly embrace the radical left slow Joe and phony Comilla. Perfect together, wrong for America.
So he's in need you better than phony Comilla, because I don't think that that it's the question about Kamala Harris is not that she is a phony. The question about Kamala Harris is that she is an extraordinarily radical candidate who is indeed manipulative. I would be going Trojan Horse Harris in pretty obvious Trojan horse Harris. Right. I mean, that Biden is not even like they're wheeling him around on a gurney at this point. And as soon like Kamala Harris is just like just make it to just make it to January, just make it to January, just make it to January.
Well, that's what the Democratic Party is basically praying for at this point. Now, let's go through a little bit of Kamala Harris history, because I think it's important to recognize the way that her career took shape. This is this is a person who is basically willing to say or do anything to get power, but who also has extraordinarily strong authoritarian tendencies. She she's very, very extreme. And all of this is fair game. And before everybody starts shouting that that you're not allowed to talk about, Kamala Harris is past.
She's running for vice president of the United States, who was fair game when she was running for Senate is fair game when she was running for president. It is fair game now that she's the vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket. So it is absolutely fair game to ask how she started her career. And Donald Trump is not going to be shy about mentioning this. In 1994, L.A. Times report about then California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown's rush to hand out patronage jobs described Kamala Harris as Brown's frequent companion and said several people referred to her as Brown's girlfriend.
Hey, that report also cited a column from The Chronicles, Herb Cain, they called Harris the speaker's new study. Brown was married at the time. Willie Brown is the most powerful people in California. He was 60. She was 29. So was a love match. According to Cain, the couple split up in nineteen ninety five, which flabbergasted those who found Comilla the perfect antidote to whatever Playboy tendencies still reside in the mayor elect jaunty persona. He ended up as the mayor of San Francisco.
Although Brown supported Harris in her successful 2003 run for San Francisco district attorney, she tried to distance herself from him in that race, telling San Francisco Weekly that Brown, whose career was then dogged by corruption allegations, was an albatross hanging around my neck. His career is over. I will be alive and kicking for the next 40 years. I do not owe him a thing, she told San Francisco Weekly. And this is pretty typical Kamala Harris, right?
So she dates the guy when she's twenty nine and he's 60, he gives her a bunch of patronage positions and then as soon as she is running for D.A. in San Francisco, she's like, I've never heard of him. He's a bad man. I think he's corrupt. Brown wrote. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions. When I was Assembly speaker, he was the speaker of the Assembly from eighty two ninety five.
Brown appointed Harris to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and then to the Medical Assistance Commission positions that paid her more than four hundred thousand dollars over five years. He also gave her a BMW, he said. I certainly helped her win her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I've also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom and Dianne Feinstein, he added, The difference is that Harris is the only one who, after I helped her, sent word out, would be indicted if I so much as jaywalked while she was D.A., Brown wrote, That's politics for you.
Kamala Harris, what a what a charmer, but Kamala Harris then became a district attorney in San Francisco and then on the basis of that, she ran for attorney general in California. And there she campaigned as a hardcore law and order type. And she said that she was going to go after criminals. And listen, I'm a big fan of going after criminals, but she simultaneously went after very, very low level offenders and also basically did nothing to lower the crime rates in California, which is kind of an amazing achievement when you think about it.
Now, Kamala Harris, according to Laura Bazelon, the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinical Programs, writing in The New York Times, said consider her record as San Francisco district attorney from 2004 to 2011. Miss Harris was criticized in 2010 for withholding information about a police laboratory technician who had been accused of intentionally sabotaging her work and stealing drugs from the lab. After a memo surfaced showing that Harris's deputies knew about the technicians wrongdoing and recent conviction but failed to alert defense lawyers, a judge condemned Harris's indifference to the systemic violation of the defendant's constitutional rights.
Harris contested the ruling, arguing that the judge, whose husband was a defense attorney, had a conflict of interest. Harris lost and more than 600 cases handled by the corrupt technician were dismissed. She also famously decided that she was going to support a law that allowed for the prosecution of parents for truancy of children. In 2004, Harris and then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is now the governor of California, launched an anti truancy initiative before, and fifty thousand dollar program included a warning to parents they could face a criminal charge if their kids didn't show up to school to be considered truant.
A student needed to be only 30 minutes late without an unapproved excuse. On more than two occasions, parents of students with 20 or more unexcused absences in a year could face a year in jail or twenty five hundred dollar fine. And then she laughed about it. And then she laughed about that, like openly. So that was her shtick, her shtick was that she was going to be the tough on crime candidate and this has led obviously to a lot of consternation among radical left types about her being a cop.
And frankly, I think some of that consternation is warranted. I mean, she endorsed she endorsed legislation that would allow for the confiscation of private assets before a prosecution, before a prosecution took place. She she backed civil asset forfeiture before any of the civil before any of the prosecutions had actually been legalized at that point. So she was willing to use the authority of the government to do pretty much anything, which is very much in line with with Kamala Harris thinking.
And then obviously when she was running for president, then it became totally OK to joke about pass marijuana use. Right. So she prosecuted a thousand people, fifteen hundred people for marijuana use, which again, like if you're as a strict law and order guy, if you're a drug dealer and it gets downgraded to a marijuana use charge, you go to jail. I don't have a problem with that. But you certainly don't get to laugh about smoking pot at the same time that you're talking about how you were a great prosecutor here was Kamala Harris laughing at her own marijuana use.
It was like yoga.
OK. She actually went on a podcast where she laughed about her own marijuana use. This led Tulsi Gabbard to famously Rec Harris during a debate pointing out that Kamala Harris was the queen of tough on crime and then laughed and scoffed about her own marijuana use at exactly the same time, basically. Senator Harris says she's proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she'll be a prosecutor president, but I'm deeply concerned about this record.
There are too many examples to cite, but she put over 1500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana. She blocked evidence. She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so.
She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California.
And she fought to keep the system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.
And Harris was tackling this twice in debate and had no answer to it anywhere along the line, which is why it's no shock that Brianna Joy Gray, who is the former national press secretary for Bernie Sanders. Labeled Harris as America's, quote unquote, top cop. So she's going to be attacked from the left for being too harsh on crime, but she's only harsh on crime on a low level, really, because she wanted to be perceived that way so that she could then run as senator.
And because being a Democratic prosecutor always makes you look better when you run for senator. Then as soon as she became senator, she swiveled to the extraordinarily radical left. By the way, at the same time that she was being tough on crime. She was cultivating the banks. She was cultivating Silicon Valley, apparently Silicon Valley super duper pleased that Kamala Harris has now been chosen, according to Recode, Cooper Thibeault, a former Democratic fundraiser, a top Democratic fundraiser in Silicon Valley, said about one third of major West Coast donors have been waiting to see who Biden would choose as VP.
If Biden chose Moren, they would have had concerns, but they said that Kamala Harris is a safe pick. So very tough on the prosecutions of the marijuana, but pretty tight with all the people in power. So that that pretty much confirms what we think about, about Kamala Harris. We'll get to her actual authoritarian streak in just one second. She has a strong authoritarian streak. First, let us talk about getting in shape. Now, getting in shape doesn't have to be about losing a specific amount of weight or a magic number on the scale.
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Do we know that she is perfectly willing to use the auspices of government in order to achieve particular goals? She's willing to be authoritarian in her use of government, and she's threatened to be incredibly authoritarian if ever she became president. During this last campaign, she repeatedly talked about how she was going to overthrow the boundaries of constitutional government like all the time. She said openly that she would give Congress one hundred days to act on guns and then if Congress did not act on guns, then she would immediately use executive action to act on guns.
So this is her openly threatening to violate the Constitution if Congress doesn't do. There is no clause in the Constitution, by the way, that says if Congress doesn't do what the president wants, the executive branch will have the power to simply declare the law. There's nothing in the Constitution like that. But as we'll see, Kamala Harris does not give to God damn about the Constitution because that's who she is. Here is Kamala Harris in open debate saying that she would give Congress one hundred days to act on guns.
Then she just do it herself. Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress one hundred days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws, and if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action. And specifically, what I will do is put in place a requirement that for anyone who sells more than five guns a year, they are required to do background checks when they sell those guns.
Amazing, amazing. So she's just going to do it herself, and then when she was asked about this in open debate, Joe Biden was like, that's unconstitutional. Comilla like there's a lot of stuff you can't just do as president of the United States.
And Kamala Harris, like, well, yes, we can. Oh, hyaena like joke or laugh. OK, so, by the way, like, it's I guess it's good that she was cast as VP because otherwise she would have been the heir apparent for for the Joker part. And Jared Leto was out already. So in the next suicide squad would have been Kamala Harris laughing with that crazy Cesar Romero kind of giggle. And here she was trying to explain to Joe Biden that the Constitution is hackneyed.
It no longer matters. And Joe Biden standing there. But I remember the Constitution. I was there and they when they wrote it, I've been ignoring it for a while. And then he fell asleep here. This was from a Democratic debate.
You can't do it by executive order any more than Trump can do things when he says he can do it by executive order. Does the vice president have a point there? Some things you can do, many things you can't.
Let's let the senator answer. I mean, I would just say, hey, Joe instead is saying we can't let's say, yes, we can. Constitutionally, we've got to. We can't.
I huh? Yeah, looking forward, a lot of that I've heard a lot of. Get ready. You got a lot of that that crazy laugh. Hmm. Yeah. Good stuff happening there. So she's an authoritarian who can laugh crazily. So that's that's exciting stuff. By the way, she also supports packing the Supreme Court. So that's good. Definitely somebody who is a pragmatic moderate. According to The New York Times, Harris told Politico, quote, We are on the verge of a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court.
We have to take this challenge head on. Everything is on the table to do that. So she joined with Bedu and Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren saying that she might consider packing at the courts. She's definitely a moderate, guys. Definitely. Definitely a moderate. OK, and then there is Kamala Harris, the opportunist. So as we talked about, rather opportunistic in her early career, but she's been even more opportunistic on issues of race. So very early on in this race, she she basically recognizing that that her main pitch for the presidency was the intersectional check marks on her resume.
She complained that people should not say anything about identity politics and identity politics is good. Don't worry. She's a moderate who will bring Americans together. But identity politics is good. It's a way to anybody who complains about it is just trying to shut us up. No, I want her to laugh more. I want more of that charming, graceful laugh from Kamala Harris. I think it's beautiful. I think it's a beautiful sound. Anybody who doesn't think that that sound is beautiful is simply being misogynistic.
Here was Kamala Harris talking about how identity politics have been a our good and they're an active affirmative good. Term identity politics, people will use that term, it's like people used to talk about the race card, right? And they'll bring this term up. When you talk about issues that are about race, about sexual orientation, about religion, they'll bring it up when we're talking about civil rights issues as a way to marginalize the issue, as a way to, frankly, try to silence or shut you up.
OK, no one's shutting up. Kamala Harris, she's been fully able to talk for literally her entire life. I mean, basically, since she was a child, she's been able to talk. And it seems like nobody has really been successful in enforcing her, not saying anything or not saying anything. In fact, she's been able to say anything and everything she wants to say, including some of the dumbest crap that's ever entered the human lexicon. Here's Kamala Harris tweeting.
Back in January 2019, you'll remember that there was a victim of a hate crime and Justice Maillet. Unfortunately, his victimizer was also a man named Justice Melut. Jussie Smollett suggested that there are two white men wearing red Magga hats, basically walking down the street at 3:00 a.m. in Chicago in the middle of a of a freezing windstorm who decided to hit him with bleach and then put a rope around his neck. And it all ended up being bullcrap, which was perfectly obvious.
It was basically the first moment. Kamala Harris, however, jumped in at the time and tweeted out, Jussie Smollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I'm praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching by the this tweet is still up. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate. And you know, it's true, I mean, Justice Millette did commit a hate crime against Justice Maillet and Kamala Harris was very upset about it at the time as a modern day lynching by Justice Molad against Justice Millette.
Kamala Harris is an incredibly, incredibly cynical politician, hasn't she? Well, she has now decided to sign on to the campaign of a man that she called essentially a segregationist and perhaps also a sexual abuser. That is Kamala Harris. Don't worry, she's not an opportunist in any way. She is merely a sincere, pragmatic, moderate, a sincere, pragmatic man. You have nothing to fear from the manipulative, opportunistic, authoritarian, radical. Nothing to fear, guys.
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Absolutely opportunistic, Kamala Harris willing to say or do literally anything to get ahead, literally anything to get ahead, and all you have to do is point to the comments she made about Joe Biden. By the way, some of us are consistent. I defended Joe Biden against this garbage scurrilous attack back when she originally levied it against him. So you'll remember all the way back to the beginning of this campaign Democratic debate, this little tete a tete sent Kamala Harris rocketing to the top of the polls because everyone is stupid and everyone is dishonest.
Essentially, Kamala Harris called Joe Biden a segregationist, she said if it were if Joe Biden had had his way, then little commo, a little little baby Comilla never would have been able to go to an integrated public school in San Francisco, except for the fact that she obviously would have. And and Joe Biden was not opposed to integration. And it was all a lie. And she doesn't support forced busing. But it was this magical attack that made Kamala Harris his name on the national stage.
Because this lady is willing to say or do anything, she will savage anyone to get ahead here. She was going after the guy who later selected as V.P. because he's a doddering old fool. It is personal, and I was actually very it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing.
And, you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me, OK?
And then she started selling for 30 bucks a pop. That little girl was made T-shirts within moments. It was a preplanned attack on the guy who would later select R.S.V.P., calling him a racist. OK, so the media are going into full spin mode on this because this is not the same thing as Ronald Reagan picking George H.W. Bush after H.W. suggested that Reaganomics was voodoo economics. That's a disagreement on policy, right? That that would be the same thing as Biden picking Harris and then having disagreements on Medicare for.
All right. Which is the thing. I mean, that's true. That's not quite the same thing as someone calls you an overt racist who is going to stop her from going to an integrated school when she was a child. That's what she did there. And all the revisionist history in the world ain't going to fix that. She is now running. What an opportunist. She's running on the same ticket as a man that she called a segregationist, essentially, and then she doubled down on it.
She said that Biden should apologize for ever having said any kind words about any senator who ever was a segregationist. And she demanded that apology. And in fact, when asked if Biden should drop out of the race, she was like, well, that's up to him. What what an honorable, honorable, deeply honorable candidate. I mean, I wouldn't fear her in a position of power and all this lady. To coddle the reputations of segregationists, people who, if they had their way, I would literally not be standing here as a member of the United States.
Is I think it's just it's misinformed and it's wrong. Should apologize for that. He's going to have to make that decision. But, you know, let's be very clear that the senators that he is speaking of with such adoration are individuals who made and built their reputation on segregation.
OK, so, yeah, that's who she was, and by the way, she didn't stop there when Kamala Harris was starting this campaign because she was desperate to win, I mean, desperate to get any sort of traction at all. She had none. She was like wheels skating on ice throughout this campaign when she was asked about the accusers who came forward and said Joe Biden is weird and creepy and smells people's hairs and touches them in inappropriate ways. Kamala Harris is like, yeah, I believe the accusers.
So she's now running on the ticket with a with with a guy who she literally called a quasi segregationist who sexually harassed women regularly. But don't worry, she loves him and they are best friends. And also she's not an opportunist in any way. She's just a deeply honest politician of conviction. I believe them and I I respect them being able to tell their story and have the courage to do it. Do you believe that the vice president should enter this race?
Oh, I think he's going to make that decision for himself. I wouldn't tell what to do.
Oh, yeah. I wouldn't tell what to do. But, you know, if him if he dropped out there, because that's not the same thing as vice presidents and presidents having general conflicting views, that is her basically insinuating that Joe Biden is. A horrible human being, and so that was Kamala Harris, the good news for for Joe Biden is that he is not the only target of her tender mercies. You'll remember when Kamala Harris essentially implied that Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a rapist.
In fact, during the hearings on Brett Kavanaugh, she went to the cloakroom and handed to Republicans an anonymous letter accusing Brett Cavanaugh of rape. It was signed by a woman named Jane Doe, remaining just a anonymous person. It contained no details whatsoever. And it was used as the basis for questioning because that's who Kamala Harris is. Here is Kamala Harris going after Brett Kavanaugh, asking him if he had taken a polygraph, pushing an FBI investigation and and then when he's one of Kapinos lines of defense was here are a bunch of women who have treated incredibly well throughout my career.
And Kamala Harris was like, well, is it true that you can be friends with some women and treat other women badly? She's just she's so cynical and so awful and she's a bad person here. Here's Kamala Harris being a bad person. Judge Cavenagh, have you taken a professionally administered polygraph test? I've not heard you answer a very specific question that's been asked, which is, are you willing to ask the White House to conduct an investigation by the FBI to get to whatever you believe is the bottom of the allegations that have been levied against you?
Do you agree that it is possible for men to both be friends with some women and treat other women badly?
This was this was touted by the media as an extraordinary showing by Kamala Harris. By the way, that wasn't even the worst thing she did during the during the cabinet hearings. The worst thing she did during the cabinet hearings is she somehow she threw out a bizarre theory that Brett Kavanaugh was working with a law firm called Kassovitz that was also working with the Trump administration against the Mueller investigation. And so somehow, for some unnamed reason, Cavnar was obstructing the Mueller investigation or saying she kind of threw this out there.
It created a bevy of headlines and then she never followed up on it because that's what she does. That's what she does. She uses anything at hand in order to harm her political opposition, no matter how dishonestly she has to, no matter how dishonest she has to be here. She was going after Brett Kavanaugh for some weird theory about him sharing a law firm with with members of the Trump administration. Have you discussed Mueller or his investigation with anyone at Kassovitz Benson and Torres, the law firm founded by Mark Kassovitz, President Trump's personal lawyer?
Be sure about your answer, sir. Is there a person you're talking to? I'm asking you a very direct question. Yes or no? Who'd you talk to? You have an impeccable memory. You've been speaking for almost eight hours, I think more with this committee about all sorts of things you remember. How can you not remember whether or not you had a conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that law firm?
She literally never explained what she meant by this at all. This has made huge headlines at the time she was going to uncover. Be careful of your answer, sir. She's going to uncover the conspiracy. She's going to uncover a conspiracy whereby Brett Kavanaugh was somehow conferring behind closed doors with a law firm that was representing Trump in the Mueller like nothing ever came of this because she's a bad human being. OK, when you throw out allegations like this in open in open questioning of a Supreme Court nominee with no support whatsoever, and then you just kind of like it just disappears into the ether.
It is amazing, amazing that this person is considered a credible politician on the national stage. None of this, by the way, even touches her political radicalism. Some of a lot of this goes to character. She's an authoritarian by nature. She's an opportunist by nature. And she's willing to say or do anything to get ahead. OK, that is perfectly obvious. Throughout her career as somebody from California, she did my senator for quite a while.
She was my age. This is somebody who is willing to to pursue any policy that she thinks is going to bring her power. Which brings us to what she would actually do with the power. Her actual views on a variety of issues are extraordinarily radical. She's no pragmatic moderate. She's nowhere near the middle of the political spectrum. She's extensively radical, extraordinarily radical. And I don't know if you remember this one. She's she's extremely anti Catholic. Alexandra de Sanctus, writing at National Review, reminds reminds everybody that in late twenty eighteen, while evaluating the nomination of Brian Boucher to serve as a district judge in Nebraska, Harris Posey series of questions insinuating that his involvement in the Knights of Columbus, a charitable Catholic fraternal organization, disqualified him from serving on the bench.
One of your written questions was since 1993, you have been a member of the Knights of Columbus, an all male society comprised primarily of Catholic men. In 2016, Carl Anderson, leader of the Knights of Columbus, described abortion as a legal regime that has resulted in more than 40 million deaths. Anderson went on to say abortion is the killing of the innocent on a mass scale. Were you aware the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman's right to choose when you joined the organization?
She then went on to ask Bush or whether he was aware the Knights of Columbus opposed to marriage equality when he joined or whether he had ever in any way assisted with or contributed to advocacy against women's reproductive rights. That's a Catholic. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic group with millions of members. It's an important charity.
And she was basically saying that because you're a Catholic, you shouldn't be on the bench. Because that's who Kamala Harris is. Kamala Harris is the same person who filed an amicus brief in Hobby Lobby arguing that religious practice should basically be relegated to the home in her amicus brief. Terrence Jeffries pointed this out at the time. She argued, quote, rights to the free exercise of religious beliefs, whether created by statute or by the Constitution. Likewise, protected development and expression of an inner sanctum of personal, religious faith free exercise rights have thus also been understood as a personal, as personal relating only to individual believers and to a limited class of associations comprising of representing them.
There is no tradition of recognizing or accommodating the exercise of such inherently personal rights by ordinary for profit business corporations. In other words, if you operate in the business sphere, we are going to completely override your religious rights. That is the legal regime that Kamala Harris seeks. She says it would be better to keep the free exercise of religion within the boundaries of religious institutions. She says the term religion itself connotes a community of believers. Religious organizations access critical buffers between the individual and the power of the state, giving individuals the space to which to in which to exercise faith without state intrusion.
In other words, maybe she'll make an exception for some of the or some of the religious organizations, don't count on a gang, do not count on it. She she is not going to allow religious believers to operate their businesses in accordance with their actual religious scruples. It's not just that on abortion, she's extraordinarily radical, extremely radical. In fact, she had a proposal modeled on the Voting Rights Act of nineteen sixty five that would require any state with a history of passing laws restricting abortion access to get clearance preclearance from the Justice Department.
So Kamala Harris would force the state of Alabama to run any law that affects abortion by Kamala Harris. Is DOJ before passing the law, which violates all precepts of federalism, like all precepts of federalism? I mean, it's pretty incredible so that she, by the way, she is so radical on abortion that she voted, she voted against she's one of many Democrats, in fact, every Democratic presidential candidate to vote against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
That's an act that was specifically designed to prevent infanticide. She voted against that. It's pretty amazing, Ben Sasse, who the chief sponsor. He said, I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether or not we're OK with infanticide. He said this is about the most simple thing you can say, which is that a baby is a baby and they have dignity and worth. It's not because they're powerful, because they're babies. Today's a sad day in the United States.
Didn't matter, Kamala Harris voted against it because she's a radical on abortion, she also happens to be a radical on immigration. In an open hearing, she associated ICE, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement with KKK. Here was here is come here is doing just that. I do not see a parallel between what is constitutionally mandated as it relates to enforcing the law. Are you aware that there's a perception, you know, are you aware that there's a perception in the same category as the KKK?
Is that what you're asking me?
No, I'm very specific about what I'm asking. Are you aware of a perception that the way that the discretion I see I'm not fit.
I see none. I'm not finished. I'm not finished. Are you aware that there's a perception that that ICE is administering its power in a way that is causing fear?
Unbelievable. It is the same lady who says that, by the way, all illegal immigrants should receive Medicare. So we should pay for the entire medical burden of anybody who comes to the country illegally. She said this to Jake Tapper during the race. No, she's not a radical guy. She's a pragmatic moderate. I keep saying it over and over. Why don't you believe me that she's a pragmatic moderate? I mean, who are you going to lead me or the words coming out of Kamala Harris face?
Every individual who is a resident of the United States is entitled to benefits for health care services under this act, not every individual who's a citizen, but every individual who's a resident. So you support giving universal health care Medicare for all to people who are in this country illegally. Let me just be very clear about this. I am opposed to any policy that would deny in our country any human being from access to public safety, public education or public health, period.
OK, and where is she on public health, by the way. So she was original endorser of Bernie Sanders Medicare for all. Then she realized he was unpopular and later she moved to a transitional plan whereby everybody would lose their private insurance inside of 10 years when she was in her early phase. Right. Her radical phase, trying to cut off train kind of Elizabeth Warren on her left. She openly said that we would phase out private insurance that would ban private insurance in the United States.
You know, the insurance that represents, what, 90 percent of the American public and certainly in the private sector. So here is Kamala Harris saying they should phase out private health care and don't worry, pragmatic, moderate guys, pragmatic, moderate. I believe the solution, and I'm and I'm actually I feel very strongly about this, is that we need to have Medicare for all. And you don't have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require.
Who of us has not had that situation where you've got to wait for approval? And the doctor says, well, I don't know if your insurance company is going to cover this. Let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on.
Let's move on from private insurance. Let's move on moderate. Hey, by the way, this lady is going to be president. She's going to be president. You vote for Joe Biden, he becomes president. She is the president. That is the unspoken truth here. Everybody understands it, every single person, and don't believe it. When the media start with you, how dare you question Joe Biden's mental fitness or his ability to serve out his term?
He's going be 78 in November, 78 in November, but it doesn't stop there. OK, let's talk more about Kamala Harris, his radicalism. OK, so she was asked on The View how she felt about the AOC and the Green New Deal in her plans. And she was specifically asked about a 70 percent top tax rate, which, by the way, is insane. If you want to destroy every major business in the United States, definitely implement a 70 percent top tax rate.
People will just stop working to avoid those taxes because why the hell would you do an additional 10 hours of work a week when seven cents out of that out of that ten is going directly to the federal government? And that doesn't count the state government. Right. That means that in the state of California, where we have a 16, 17 percent top tax rate or will within very short order things, 13 percent. Now, you'd be talking about paying, what, 83 percent of your of your money above a certain point.
Here was Kamala Harris. I mean, it's a great idea. We should investigate. Don't worry, guys. Not a radical, a pragmatic moderate. Here was her being a pragmatic moderate, endorsing the idea of investigating a 70 percent top tax rate. And she's promoting policies like saying that every single carbon emission in the country, every car should be eliminated within the next 11 years, everything from a 70 to 80 percent tax rate. Do you agree that she could possibly, in this ideology of the socialist left, could splinter your party?
No. You know, I think that she is challenging the status quo. I think that's fantastic. I think I think that she is introducing bold ideas that that should be discussed. And I think it's good for the party. I frankly think it's good for the country. Let's look at the bold ideas.
Let's look at all those bold ideas. What are some of the other bold ideas? So she's also endorsed a federal ban on fracking. So we'll see how this goes for Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, where a lot of jobs are reliant on fracking. By the way, you know, somebody is not serious about global warming when their chief policy priorities banning fracking. You're not serious about it. The single greatest reason for declining carbon emissions in the United States is the rise of natural gas replacing oil and coal.
That is that is the single greatest rationale for why the United States is actually leading the world's leading decrease of carbon emissions over the last five to 10 years. But here's Kamala Harris endorsing a federal ban on fracking. There's no question I'm in favor of banning fracking, so, yeah, and starting and starting with what we can do on day one around public lands.
Right. And and then there has to be legislation. But yes, and this is something I've taken on in California. I have a history of working on this issue.
And to your point, you know, we have to just acknowledge that the residual impact of fracking is enormous in terms of the impact on the health and safety of communities.
Wow. I mean, fracking is really a danger to communities like, you know, all the communities with hundreds of thousands of people reliant on the fracking industry.
It's a bold move, Cotton. It's a bold move. Also, she says that we need to incentivize Americans to eat less meat. So good luck with that. I think that this is going to go great for Joe Biden. Again, so much moderation just spilling from the lips of Kamala Harris here. The balance that we have to strike here, frankly, is about what government can and should do around creating incentives and then banning certain behaviors. I mean, just to be very honest with you, I love cheeseburgers from time to time, right?
I mean, I just do. And I think that. But there is. But there has to be also what we do in terms of creating incentives that we will eat in a healthy way, that we will encourage moderation, and that we will be educated about the effects of our eating habits on our environment. And we have to do a much better job of that.
And the government has to do a much better job of that. So let's let's let's meet guys also, let's ban plastic straws, she will use the government to do anything, any thing. That's what she said about plastic.
She she's like, yeah, the plastic straws. You here hear some hysterical Kamala Harris? Laughter. It's been like a solid few minutes since we played Kamala Harris, laughing hysterically and awkwardly when she realized that what you're saying is kind of crazy here is that Kamala Harris laughing crazily about plastic straws.
Do you ban plastic straws? I think we should, yes. I mean, look, I'm going to be honest.
It's really difficult to drink out of a paper straw when you had if you're just like if you don't gulp it down immediately, it starts to bend and then, you know, the little thing catches it and then, you know, so we got a perfect one, a little bit more advanced, but rely on innovation. I mean, we we got it. Yeah. Innovation is a process, right? You don't just do it. Innovation is a process.
But, you know, let's let's encourage innovation. And I think we could do a little bit better than some of those flimsy plastic straws. But we need to bend the.
And that, by the way, I do love that Erin Burnett. That's Erin Burnett, correct? Who's in who's that reporter? And I believe that to Erin Burnett. Correct.
I don't want to screw up the name of the of the reporters. I'm going to look this up just to ensure that I'm correct. Yeah. That's Erin Burnett. So. So Erin Burnett, I love her. Just feeding the line to Kamala Harris. So you're going to ban plastic crumbs, but rely on innovation? That's exactly what she was saying. No, what actually happened there is that Kamala Harris was like, I want to ban plastic straws.
And then she realized halfway through that the replacement straws are absolute crap. And so she's like, but the really bad the replacement straws. But I still want to ban them because I'm an authoritarian jerk. But, you know, they're really bad.
And so that's like innovation. Innovation from off less line is innovation is like, yeah, innovation. But, you know, it's a it's a process guys are make. Man, get ready, years of that coming up, years, years if she wins years, but don't worry if you're concerned that maybe a lot of this is going to cost money, maybe this is bad policy. We've been reliably informed by Kamala Harris that policy is not about cost, guys.
Policy is not about cost policy. It's about the principle behind the thing here is coming. Harris explaining, we should pay no attention to the fact that things cost money. Money is just a figment of your imagination. It's just an idea out there. The really big issue is whether we should be ambitious, ambitious and hopeful. Here she was being like money. What's that? Why should I care about that is not my money. Let's just do it.
Policy and cost. Three trillion dollars a year for Medicare, for all by some studies, I don't to depending on which portions of the Green New Deal you pick to do first, that's money that you know what the Republicans are going to say, tax and spend liberals pie in the sky.
One of the things that I admire and respect is the measurement that is captured in three letters. Arawa what's the return on the investment? People in the private sector understand this really well. It's not about a cost, it's about an investment. And then the question should be, is it worth the cost in terms of the investment potential? Are we going to get back more than we put in?
Mm hmm. That's that's really what it's about. Don't worry about the cost, guys. Cost is of no consequence whatsoever, by the way, how radical it's coming here. So remember that time I said that she's really willing to, like, say or like a few minutes ago when I said she's basically willing to say or do anything to get ahead. And I talked about a prosecutorial record and how there are a lot of people on the left and on sort of the libertarian right who are upset with the fact that she was very much in favor of jailing low level drug offenders.
By the way, again, I've lived in California my entire life. The crime rates here have been not great for a very long time. And she was of very little help as attorney general of the state of California. Well, she was specifically asked the other day about defunding the LAPD. So she has not come out fullscale an embrace to on the police. But she was very much in favor of cutting the funding to the Los Angeles Police Department in the aftermath of riots that shut down the city of Los Angeles.
Night on night for a week. Entire county of L.A. shut down at six p.m. for weeks that rioters and looters could have their way with the local footlocker. And Kamala Harris went on national TV and said we should probably cut funds to the L.A. people. Don't don't worry, guys. She is a radical. She she's not a radical. She's she's a pragmatic moderate who is going to enforce the law and ensure that you and your family I mean, look at her record as a prosecutor.
It's not as though she would use power conveniently and for whatever she decides to use it for that day is a person who cares deeply about you and your family and keeping you safe. Here is Kamala Harris saying we should slash the budget in L.A..
Many cities spend over one third of their entire city budget on policing, but meanwhile, we've been defunding public schools for years in America. We've got to re-examine what we're doing with American taxpayer dollars and ask the question, are we getting the right return on our investment? Are we actually creating healthy and safe communities? And that's a legitimate conversation and it requires a really critical evaluation. I applaud Eric Garcetti for doing what he's done.
Mm hmm. So don't worry, guys, we can rely on her. She's she's definitely going to keep America safe as well. And I think that, in essence, to sum up, Joe Biden has made a major booboo here. His major boo boo is that he has basically given away the game. We all know that he's a temporary stand-in for whatever comes next. And what he has decided comes next. Is that so if you would like that, meaning a ECOMIL Harris administration, all the policies, all the authoritarianism, all the opportunism, all the the high handed unwillingness to listen to opposing points of view, if that is what you are in the game for, then by all means, vote for Joe Biden, vote for Joe Biden, because you're going to vote for Biden.
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