In Chiding Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Richard Burr Exercised Sexist White Privilege | Blog#42
Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stepped in right as Senator Harris was finishing a lengthy, but pointed question of Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, about the authority and independence granted Richard H. Mueller in his appointment as Special Counsel. Harris had already had one go around with Rosenstein who, quite clearly, did not want to answer no. At the point at which Burr, again, cut in, Harris was just about to finish round two:
Sure enough, Rosenstein, again, dodged the one word answer he was asked to give.
Would Burr have dared pull the same stunt with Dianne Feinstein? One of his male fellow committee members? After all, they all regularly interject during testimony.
Why was Kamala Harris deemed rude when she was merely doing what any prosecutor will do in order to elicit an answer? Rosenstein, clearly, was evading the yes or no answer he was asked to give. Harris had every right to make him comply.
Burr’s behavior was just as ugly in the sexism that was put on display, as Senator Mitch McConnell’s with Elizabeth Warren just a few months back. But Burr went just a bit further than McConnell in his criticism for a lack of courtesy being accorded to witnesses. That “lack of courtesy” is racist code for rude Black woman. It’s ugly and Burr needs to be called out for it. Kamala Harris, an accomplished prosecutor and the former Attorney General of the sixth largest world economy, doesn’t need lessons in comportment from anyone – least of all Mr. Burr.
UPDATE: Senator Burr, again, cut off Senator Kamala Harris during her questioning of Jeff Sessions.