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Former Democratic Congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has slammed Vice President Kamala Harris’ record for marijuana lawsuits after Harris condemned Russia’s imprisonment of WNBA star Brittney Griner for a Cannabis charge.
“Another note of hypocrisy coming from Kamala Harris and this administration is that you mentioned during her illustrious record as Attorney General of California…she kept prisoners in jail longer than their sentences to use them as slave labor free, but at the same time these same people are condemning other countries for doing the exact same thing,” Gabbard told Fox News host Will Cain.
Griner was sentenced by a Russian court to 9 years in prison this week after he was caught with a cannabis vape pen at an airport near Moscow earlier this year.
The sentencing was widely condemned by U.S. officials, including Harris, who said she was working to secure Griner’s release.
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“With today’s sentencing, Russia continues its wrongful detention of Brittney Griner. She should be released immediately,” Harris tweeted Thursday. “@POTUS and I, and our entire administration, work every day to reunite Brittney, as well as Paul Whelan, with the loved ones they each miss.”
Gabbard, who stressed that she also opposes Griner’s sentencing, said “the thing that struck me” about Harris’ tweet is that her administration hasn’t expressed the same sentiment for the people charged with marijuana-related crimes nationwide.
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“Where is your outrage for your fellow Americans who are in jail today here in the United States of America for minor marijuana offenses,” Gabbard said. “How come you’re not fighting as hard for them to be sent home and reunited with their families as you are for Brittney Griner.”
Gabbard added that she thinks Harris sends the message that the wealthy and powerful in the United States will be treated differently than average Americans when it comes to prosecuting marijuana-related crimes.
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“Unfortunately, like too many politicians, it seems like she puts her finger on the wind and decides the things she is supposed to be angry about on any given day and if it becomes politically inconvenient or damaging she will change direction,” said she added. Gabbard said Harris prosecutes marijuana offenders as California’s attorney general.
The White House did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.