It might not make any difference. Both George W. Bush and Donald Trump had relatives who condemned them very publicly, who urged people not to vote for their horrible relatives, who said “Look, we know him. He’s a total piece of shit. Don’t vote for him,” or words to that effect. They got elected anyway.
But, this is still the Democratic primary, so it may shake out a bit differently. At any rate, it’s far too juicy not to report.
A bit of background: Kamala Harris admitted, on a radio program a few days back, that she’s smoked pot a-plenty. There was a time when I would have celebrated that statement coming from any politician, but seeing as how it comes from somebody who’s built their career on throwing other people in jail for that most harmless of all possible pastimes, I am not so sympathetic.
Part of her statement was “Hey, I’m Jamaican, of course I’ve smoked pot” or words to that effect, which, I must admit, is part of my image of Jamaica. I’ve only been there once, as part of a Carribean cruise, but I managed to find weed within 15 minutes of coming ashore and spent the whole day high as a parrot.
Her father, however, was not pleased. In a written statement posted online, he said “My dear departed grandmothers… as well as my deceased parents , must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
While I may disapprove of Kamala Harris for different reasons than her father does, I’m glad he has made this public statement. She very much does not deserve to be president of the United States.