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A staffer for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) made a quip after right-wing pundit Bill O’Reilly tweeted that the senator would not get his vote should she become the Democratic nominee for president in 2020.
Lily Adams, the communications director for Harris—who announced her bid for the presidency on Monday—spotted O’Reilly’s tweet on Monday night and fired back at him for his apparent disapproval of the senator’s remarks during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“Full steam ahead on 2020–Kamala Harris announced she will run today. She denied Brett Kavanaugh due process in front of the nation, and in so doing has lost my vote. I could not imagine any American for somebody who does not believe in due process,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday evening.
Full steam ahead on 2020 – Kamala Harris announced she will run today. She denied Brett Kavanaugh due process in front of the nation, and in so doing has lost my vote. I could not imagine any American for somebody who does not believe in due process. pic.twitter.com/9NzPikOzM7— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) January 21, 2019
Given that O’Reilly has long been known for his right-wing views, it seems unlikely that he would support Harris’s campaign. It appears that Adams felt similarly.
“Somehow, we will soldier on,” she wrote, posting a screenshot of O’Reilly’s tweet.
Somehow, we will soldier on pic.twitter.com/1P1hyMizBf— Lily Adams (@adamslily) January 21, 2019
Other people on Twitter had similar sentiments as Adams.
Congratulations to Kamala Harris on dodging the bullet of receiving Bill O'Rielly's endorsement in a Democratic primary. https://t.co/ygBRjQWScn— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) January 22, 2019
HUGE-- Kamala has LOST Bill O'Reilly's vote for president in 2020. Difficult to see any path forward for the California Senator amid this setback. https://t.co/orMSSdGGl9— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 21, 2019
oh no kamala lost bill o'reilly's vote is her campaign already unraveling https://t.co/MgTnaZNUPo— Deanna McDonald (@deannagmcdonald) January 22, 2019
What O’Reilly is claiming about due process is unclear as well, since Kavanaugh had a hearing on his nomination, which was voted on by the Senate.
Harris is the latest in a number of high profile Democrats who have announced their presidential ambitions in recent weeks.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)—among others—have also announced they will run in the Democratic primary to challenge President Donald Trump.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).