Harris: Suggestion that older African Americans are homophobic 'just nonsense'

Harris: Suggestion that older African Americans are homophobic 'just nonsense'
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOvernight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Team Trump criticizes Sanders for vote against USMCA MORE (D-Calif.), a 2020 White House hopeful, said the narrative that some older black voters are homophobic and transphobic was “a trope” and “just nonsense.”

“To label one community in particular as being burdened by this bias as compared to others is misinformed, it’s misdirected and it’s just simply wrong,” she told CNN on Monday. 

Harris’s comments come after South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn (D) told CNN that there was “no question” that Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFormer insurance executive: 'Medicare for all' would eliminate jobs that are 'not needed' Buttigieg says he's proud to be a part of US system amid UK royal family drama Buttigieg asked about 'Mayo Pete' memes by New York Times ed board MORE’s sexuality was a problem among older African Americans, calling it a “generational” issue.

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“I’m not going to sit here and tell you otherwise, because I think everybody knows that’s an issue. But I’m saying it’s an issue not the way it used to be,” Clyburn said.

Buttigieg, the first openly gay major Democratic presidential candidate, later responded to the comments, likening South Carolina voters to the residents of South Bend, Ind., where he serves as mayor, and characterizing them as “socially conservative Democrats” who reelected him regardless of his sexuality.

“And at the end of the day I think the reason why the people in my community moved past that and reelected me, and the reason why we’re going to be able to earn votes in every part of the country, is because elections are about this, they’re about voters asking a question: ‘How will my life be different if you get elected versus somebody else?’”