Fury from Democrats after Donald Trump Jr attacks Kamala Harris over her race
Senator Kamala Harris, one of only two black presidential candidates in a field of two dozen, had a history-making moment on the debate stage on Thursday night when she challenged former vice president Joe Bidenover racial issues.
But as the reaction to her debate performance poured in, so did the racist attacks on social media, where some accused the California Democrat of not being black enough, and others suggested she was not really American.
On Twitter, some commenters suggested Ms Harris was unfairly portraying herself as African American, since she is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother.
By Saturday, Ms Harris’s campaign spokeswoman had retweeted nearly a dozen comments and articles defending her boss, and Ms Harris’s 2020 Democratic challengers forcefully condemned the attacks on social media.
“This stuff is really vile and everyone should speak out against it,” Lily Adams, Ms Harris’s spokeswoman, wrote on Twitter.