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Sirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters

Jacobin editor-at-large David Sirota, formerly a speechwriter for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, reacted to a HuffPost article published Thursday detailing extreme behavior by supporters of Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Biden appears on Brené Brown's podcast to discuss 'empathy, unity and courage' The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden MORE (D-Calif.) 

“I think it’s fair to say every single candidate who runs certainly for national office has a set of supporters who will at times take things too far and take the rhetoric too far, that’s the nature of American politics,” Sirota said. 

“I don’t think it’s fair to blame Bernie Sanders for situations like that, I don’t think it’s fair to blame Kamala Harris for things like that if those candidates are not inciting that kind of behavior.”

The article found instances where members of the so-called KHive harassed and at times doxed critics of the California senator. Sirota said there are parallels between those calling for Harris to take responsibility for her supporters’s behavior and those who did the same to Sanders during the Democratic primary.

“There’s no evidence that Bernie Sanders or Kamala Harris incite that kind of behavior through their own rhetoric,” Sirota said. “Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE is a different story… [he] at times actually is inciting, he is encouraging a kind of behavior and phycology in the country that is toxic.”