Always striving to show America how “down with it” she is, incoming Vice President Kamala Harris released a video this weekend in celebration of the recently-invented holiday of Kwanzaa. While that may or may not have been embarrassing in and of itself, Harris’s insistence on telling the public that she celebrated the holiday growing up surely put the video over the top. After all, Harris was born in 1964 and Kwanzaa was only invented in 1966. One doubts that Harris and her family were among the early adopters.
“You know, my sister and I, we grew up celebrating Kwanzaa,” said Harris. “Every year, our family would – and our extended family, we would gather around, across multiple generations, and we’d tell stories. The kids would sit on the carpet and the elders would sit in chairs, and we would light the candles, and of course, afterwards have a beautiful meal. And, of course, there was always the discussion of the seven principles. And my favorite, I have to tell you, was always the one about self-determination, kujichagulia.
“And, you know, essentially it’s about be and do,” she continued. “Be the person you want to be, and do the things you want to do, and do the things that need to be done. It’s about not letting anyone write our future for us, but instead going out and writing it for ourselves. And that principle motivates me today, as we seek to confront the challenges facing our country and to build a brighter future for all Americans. So, to everyone who is celebrating, Happy Kwanzaa from our family to yours.”
Social media users found it hard to believe that there was even a scintilla of truth in Harris’s Kwanzaa testimony.
“This is such an obvious lie. She was born in 1964. Kwanzaa was created in 1966. It didn’t really take hold until the late 70s and early 80s. For her whole family to be devoted to it in her childhood is incredibly unlikely… she’s a liar,” said one user.
“As someone who was born & raised in Africa I can tell there is no such thing as Kwanzaa. Kamala knows nothing about it because she is an Indian Jamaican who grew up in Canada,” tweeted Melissa Tate.
Another Twitter user made it clear that Harris’s background makes it especially unlikely that she was celebrating the newfangled holiday in the 1960s.
“We ‘Jamaicans’ do not celebrate Kwanzaa. Also, being first-generation myself, I’m confused as to how you could celebrate with multiple generations. This is such a fake post, I understand it’s intent, but please do not be fake about it. Just say happy Kwanzaa,” they wrote.
As with her ridiculous debate moment where she accused Biden of keeping her off the buses or the interview where she praised Tupac as one of the modern rappers she enjoys, Harris has a history of making things up to suit the moment.
Even then, however, this is a new low.