Columnist Kirsten Powers: 'How was Sen. Harris hysterical?'

Kamala Harris makes Jeff Sessions nervous

But twice now, Harris has been interrupted and chastised by male senators for her style of questioning during the hearings. (For what it's worth, in Rome, you swore on your balls to tell the truth.) Back when now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in the middle of the confirmation hearings in which he seemingly perjured himself about contacts with Russian officials, Sen.

Once again, Republican Senators have a problem with Kamala Harris (D-CA) being incredibly good at her job.

Powers tries to clarify which aspects of Harris's succinct and straightforward line of questioning diverted so dramatically from the hearing's objective, and eventually points out this basic fact, "It's just women who are usually called hysterical".

While delivering a steady stream of questions to Sessions about the Trump administration colluding with Russia, Harris was instructed by McCain - who can be heard off camera - to let Sessions answer the question.

Sunny Hostin then proceeded to deliver a frothing sermon on the "stately" Senator Harris and impugn the character of Sessions by suggesting he was lying under oath.

When Harris then pressed Sessions on a Justice Department policy he cited as his rationale for not answering questions, McCain spoke up. "Sen. Harris, let him (Sessions) answer".

After playing the initial clip of Session's testimony, Joy Behar noted, with a remarkable lack of self awareness, that Sessions, who was forced to rush through testimony given under threat of perjury, needed to avoid getting his "panties in a twist". "She was asking some tough questions". "Mr. Chairman, the witness should be allowed to answer the question", McCain said.

Over on CBS' Late Show, Stephen Colbert brought up Miller's treatment of Harris in his monologue about Sessions' testimony.


MCCAIN: The witness should be allowed to answer the question. "She was purely out there to shout down [Sessions]". He also said being rushed "makes me nervous".

"(Women of color) understand what Kamala D. Harris is dealing with", Tanzina Vega, a CNN reporter who covers race and inequality, wrote on Twitter. Kamala Harris. Despite being the only Black woman in the Senate and one of very few female senators - both tremendous accomplishments - she was still treated in a substandard manner.

Miller said he thought there was no real effort to get a real question answered.

TOOBIN: I think it's sexism.

"Sir, I'm not asking about the principle", Harris says.

"We have to remember that sometimes when you're being put down, it's hard for you to take a stand", Williams says.

"Do you remember the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton debates where Bernie Sanders was labeled sexist because he was trying to get his points out", Bila said.

Toward the end, CNN contributor Jefferey Lord added that "hysteria is a neutral quality". Bee said. "The guy whose master [Trump] starts every morning rage-tweeting conspiracy slander while working a well-done steak out of his colon does not get to call anyone hysterical".

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