The claim: Kamala Harris said ‘looters are just feeding their hungry kids’
As businesses across the countryboard up their stores ahead of Election Day out of concern for possible violence, social media posts have emerged claiming Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris defended looting.
“KAMALA HARRIS says Looters are just feeding their hungry kids?” reads an Oct. 28 Facebook post that has been shared over 1,800 times. “I didn’t know they could eat SHOES, WASHING MACHINES, and TV’s??”
USA TODAY reached out to the users for comment on the source of the quote.
No evidence Harris ever said that
There is no evidence that Harris has ever said “looters are just feeding their hungry kids.”
A search for the quote on Harris’ official campaign Twitter and Facebook page comes up with no results, nor does it appear on Politiwoops, a database of deleted tweets from politicians run by ProPublica.
There are no news reports of Harris saying people loot to feed hungry children. Chris Harris, Kamala Harris’ communications director, told Check Your Fact that it is “not a real quote.”
USA TODAY reported that Harris has previously said protests would not stop, however, she has condemned acts of violence, including looting.
Harris has condemned looting
Most recently, Harris and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released a joint statement Oct. 27 following the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man killed by Philadelphia police Oct. 26.
“No amount of anger at the very real injustices in our society excuses violence. Attacking police officers and vandalizing small businesses, which are already struggling during a pandemic, does not bend the moral arc of the universe closer to justice,” the two Democrats said in the statement.
Biden and Harris went on to call looting “not a protest” but instead a “crime” that “draws attention away from the real tragedy of a life cut short.”
Harris also condemned looting in August following protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“We must always defend peaceful protest and peaceful protesters,” Harris said. “We should not confuse them with those looting and committing acts of violence.”
Our rating: False
There is no evidence or reports that Harris ever said looters are just feeding their hungry kids. Harris and Biden have both condemned looting and acts of violence. We rate this claim FALSE, because it is not supported by our research.
Our fact-check sources:
- Kamala Harris Twitter page
- Kamala Harris Facebook page
- Politiwoops, Deleted Tweets From Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
- Corpus ChristiTimes, Oct. 30, Kamala Harris in Texas say of Trump era: ‘This moment will pass’
- The Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 24, Sen. Kamala Harris: ‘No question’ path to victory runs through Ohio
- USA TODAY, Sept. 1, Fact check: Kamala Harris said protests aren’t going to stop, but condemns violence
- 3 CBS Philly, Oct. 27, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris React To Fatal Police Shooting Of Walter Wallace Jr., Condemn Looting In Philadelphia
- CBS News, Aug. 28, Staring down Trump, Kamala Harris says she stands with protesters on racial equality
- Check Your Fact, Oct. 30, FACT CHECK: DID KAMALA HARRIS SAY ‘LOOTERS ARE JUST FEEDING THEIR HUNGRY KIDS’?
- USA TODAY, Nov. 2, Stores brace for post-election unrest and possibility of violence, damage to businesses after presidential results
- Associated Press, Oct. 27, Philadelphia police fatally shoot Black man after yelling at him to drop knife in recorded incident
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