Sen. Kamala Harris keeps getting manterrupted, and the internet can’t help but sigh
There’s something about Sen. Kamala Harris that makes certain men around her nervous. And makes others just want to interrupt her.
And the internet couldn’t help but notice the manterruption Tuesday during a Senate hearing focused on picking apart what Attorney General Jeff Sessions knew about Russia’s attempts to meddle with the presidential election.
After the California democrat was interrupted by the Senate Intelligence Committee’s chair — for the second time in two weeks — her name began trending on Twitter right alongside Sessions’. Even if the male senators interrupting her may not realize there’s a pattern forming, the internet certainly did.
There goes McCain (who isn’t on this committee) interrupting Kamala Harris again, and admonishing her to be nice.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 13, 2017
WOC understand what Kamala Harris is dealing with. Raise your hand if you’ve been shushed, silenced, scolded etc.
— Tanzina Vega (@tanzinavega) June 13, 2017
What is it about Kamala Harris that makes her the only Senator Republicans interrupt at every hearing?
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) June 13, 2017
MEN MADE VERY UNCOMFORTABLE BY KAMALA HARRIS, A SERIES
— Sara Libby (@SaraLibby) June 13, 2017
Harris was pressing Sessions to explain why he wouldn’t answer certain questions.
“The policy is based on the principle that the President—” Sessions said.
“Sir, I’m not asking about the principle. I am asking, when you knew you would be asked these questions and you would rely on that policy, did you not ask your staff to show you the policy that would be the basis for you refusing to answer the majority of questions that have been asked to you?” Harris asked.
“Well, I am unable to answer the questions,” Sessions said.
“Chairman, the witness should be allowed to answer the question,” Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) then interjected.
That got the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, Richard Burr, involved.
“Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing,” the Republican from North Carolina said. “Senator, let him answer.”
At another point, Sessions implored Harris to slow down her questioning because she was making him “nervous.”
Here’s the entire awkward exchange.
Harris, who is the only woman of color on the panel, was interrupted last week by McCain and Burr when she was questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during another meeting, according to the Los Angeles Times.
As for what Harris thinks about all this, well, she just doesn’t get why the question was so difficult to answer in the first place:
It was a simple question. Can Sessions point to the policy, in writing, that allows him to not answer a whole host of our questions today.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 13, 2017
And of course her team couldn’t help but take this moment in the spotlight to fundraise: