September 30, 2019 - Buzzfeed Cites Shifting Strategy in How Harris Talks about Sexism and Racism

Buzzfeed profile of Harris includes an analysis of how Harris has shifted both strategy and messaging throughout her presidential campaign, including how she speaks about sexism and racism. Author Molly Hensley Clancy writes, “In Iowa last year, as she tested the waters of a presidential campaign, Harris focused on a theme of ‘speaking truths’ — first among them the declaration that ‘racism is real in this country. Sexism is real, homophobia is real, anti-Semitism is real. Let’s speak those truths.’ Harris has dropped those ‘truths’ from her stump speech, replacing them with a direct condemnation of Donald Trump: a ‘prosecution,’ as her campaign now frames it. But she ends the same way, with a call for unity. It’s a sign that Harris’s campaign has recognized her central appeal to Democratic voters: not just a truth-teller, but a prosecutor.” This observation also raises questions about whether or not Harris’ direct confrontation of racism and sexism might have been less appealing in some early primary states like Iowa.