March for Our Lives Co-Founder Hits Kamala Harris for ‘Weird Obsession With the Swift Hand of Criminal Justice’

Cameron Kasky (center) with fellow Parkland student activists / Getty Images
• May 14, 2019 5:00 pm


March for Our Lives co-founder Cameron Kasky on Sunday called out Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) for her "weird obsession with the swift hand of criminal justice."

Harris, one of over 20 Democrats running for president, appeared on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, where she was asked to respond to progressive voters who learn about her record as a prosecutor and call her a "cop."

The former California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney has a controversial record in the eyes of  progressive activists when it comes to criminal justice. Her top priority in 2004 as the San Francisco defense attorney was making bail in the city more expensive, which contradicts her claim that she was an advocate for bail reform. There were over 120,000 Californians of color sent to prison on Harris's watch

CNN host Jake Tapper tweeted out Harris's response to the question in three tweets.

Kasky, who has since left the March for Our Lives organization, responded to Harris's response, calling it a "weak" response.

"Weak response. Not buying any of that. Harris's big problem is her weird obsession with the swift hand of criminal justice," Kasky tweeted. "That's the big thing that holds me back from getting behind her."

Kasky, who survived last year's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., has previously been an outspoken supporter of gun control, but he admitted last September he has learned to appreciate other viewpoints than the one he held previously.

"This summer when March For Our Lives went on the summer tour that we embarked on I met that person in Texas whose got that semi-automatic weapon because that's how they like to protect their family," Kasky told Fox News Radio. "I met the 50 some odd percent of women who are pro-life, even though I thought it was preposterous that a woman could be pro-life and not pro-choice at the time."

Waleed Shahid, the communications director for the Justice Democrats, the progressive group that endorsed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), tweeted the eyeballs emoji and noted his affiliation.