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FLASHBACK: Kamala Harris Praised AIPAC in 2017

"Good morning, AIPAC. Good morning. What an honor... I'm just thrilled to see all of the students in the audience. In you, I see our future."

By NTK Staff | 03.21.2019 @12:41pm

In what appears to be a move to play to the far left of the Democratic Party, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will not be speaking at the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. despite having previously spoken at the conference and praised the organization in 2017.

Politico confirmed on Thursday that Harris would not be going to AIPAC this year:

This announcement by Harris comes a day after the liberal group MoveOn called on Democratic presidential hopefuls “to skip this year’s AIPAC policy conference, citing its links to the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu and charging that AIPAC has flirted with Islamophobia,” Politico reported on Wednesday.

“The move underscores a growing willingness on the Democratic left to criticize Israel and its staunchest Washington supporters, particularly since freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) bashed supporters of Israel in terms widely condemned as anti-Semitic.”

However, in 2017 Harris spoke at the AIPAC policy conference, calling it an honor and praising the organization.

“Good morning, AIPAC. Good morning. What an honor,” Harris said. “Lillian, congratulations on your outstanding presidency, and it’s great to be with you again this year. I also want to thank AIPAC’s executive director Howard Kohr, and I’m just thrilled to see all of the students in the audience. In you, I see our future.”

Harris ended her 2017 remarks focusing on the values that Harris shares with those in attendance at the conference.

“So in conclusion, AIPAC, we all know these are difficult times. I stand here clear-eyed about the dangers of division in our country and in our world, understanding why a state for the Jewish people is so essential,” Harris said. “I also stand here as someone with a lifelong commitment to justice, a lifelong faith in the power of democratic values, and the innate oneness and goodness of human beings. And I believe that it’s the common ground that unites so many of us, values like faith, family, respect, and empathy that will see us through.”

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