California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris on Sunday launched into a profane attack on a Republican congressman who voted in favor of the House GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The progressive senator was discussing health care reform during a taping of “Pod Save America,” a political podcast hosted by Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor — all former Obama administration officials. The podcast typically discusses liberal politics and how Democrats and progressives can participate in the “resistance” against President Donald Trump.
“What the f*** is that?” Harris said in a reply to comments Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) made over the weekend when he said at a town hall that “nobody dies” from a lack of health insurance.
The comments came when Harris was talking about how Republicans view health care. She claimed that conservatives view health care as a “privilege” instead of a right — as opposed to Democrats who view health care the same way they do any other right that all Americans have.
“This is a matter of values — and so, if you can pay for it, you can get it,” Harris said, referring to what she believes is the GOP stance on health care. “Like this guy, this congressman. You might as well say, ‘People don’t starve because they don’t have food.’ What the f**k is that?”
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Harris later wanted to swear again, but chose not to, instead drawing laughter from the crowd.
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In the era of Trump, politics looks different. And for Democrats, using brash rhetoric, and even intense profanity, has become the norm since Tom Perez took over as head of the Democratic National Committee.
Perez came under fire in April after he claimed at a union event in New Jersey that Republicans “don’t give a s**t about people.” Instead of apologizing for his claim and use of profanity, Perez doubled down. Indeed, the word “s**t,” and all of its various uses, has become a favorite of Perez as he travels the country to give speeches speaking out against Trump.
Perez and Harris aren’t the only two Democrats to employ profanity recently.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand also used the F-word during an interview with New York Magazine last month. Speaking of her job as a senator, and her worldview, Gillibrand said: “Which is that we’re here to help people, and if we’re not helping people, we should go the f*** home.”