Kamala Harris’ Mother’s Day photo becomes center of conspiracies

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, a time to show love toward your mother specifically, and offer a general appreciation for all mothers worldwide.

Unless that mother is Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is running for president. Yesterday, Harris’ husband posted a tweet of her whipping up a marinade for jerk chicken.

https://twitter.com/douglasemhoff/status/1127379203949641728

That should be the end of, well, that. Happy Mother’s Day, she’s free to celebrate it in any way she wants.

But somehow this innocuous tweet sparked two different controversies. First: Harris cooking truthers. Because the apron had a crease in it, it couldn’t be real, or regularly used by Harris. It must be a photo op.

While it could be an often unused apron, that doesn’t really have anything to do with how much or how often Kamala cooks. As her husband mentioned, she was in between events. It’s possible she doesn’t wear it all that often when she’s home cooking and just put it on then since she was wearing dress clothes.

But the psuedo-controversy grew to such a fervor that Harris’ comms person weighed in.

He shared his own photo of an apron to prove that yes, articles of clothing that are folded and stored can have a crease.

That could have been the end of it, but some took issue with the fact that Harris was cooking on Mother’s Day Eve, versus her husband cooking for her.

The entire drama played out on conservative Twitter aggregator Twitchy, which published not one, not two, but three stories about the jerk chicken marinade tweet.

Luckily, there’s only one more Mother’s Day until the 2020 election.

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David Covucci

David Covucci

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