Sen. Kamala Harris, the first African-American woman to announce a 2020 presidential candidacy, has already picked out a look for her next LGBTQ Pride parade.
Appearing this week on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Harris spoke about how strange it is to be followed by cameras on the campaign trail, as well as the media’s bad habit of focusing on the wrong stories.
We kind of forced @kamalaharris to try on this awesome oversized rainbow sequin jacket … She snapped it up. @alivitali perfectly named it as “the Mardi Gras Jacket” #2020 #SouthCarolina #CampaignFashionReport pic.twitter.com/2G0NFRkKL6
— Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston) February 16, 2019
Harris told Noah about stopping by Styled By Naida, a South Carolina thrift shop where the owner, who grew up homeless or in the foster system, now helps other women in need.
While shopping, Harris found a “multi-colored sequined jacket,” she recalls. “And I’m thinking, this would be really great for Pride parade, right?” So she purchased it.
“We kind of forced @kamalaharris to try on this awesome oversized rainbow sequin jacket,” tweeted CNN national political reporter Maeve Reston. “She snapped it up.” NBC News political reporter Ali Vitali dubbed it “the Mardi Gras Jacket.”
But when Harris returned home, she discovered that the colorful jacket was at the center of a controversy fueled by journalists questioning if she should be shopping while on the campaign trail. “The story should be about the need for small businesses in America to receive the support that they deserve,” Harris argues.
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I know you all may be tired of me posting these articles and images but it’s the @latimes ! I never thought in a million years I’d make it out of high school let alone college, graduate school and becoming an entrepreneur. If only you knew the things I’ve been through to get here…Thank you so much @kamalaharris for sharing my story over and over, for trying on that awesome sequined jacket and for being authentically yourself! #grateful #humble #styledbynaida #thrift #boutique #shop #local #shopsmall #2020 #presidential @thedailyshow @kamalaharris
The junior U.S. senator for California since 2017, Harris, who previously served as district attorney of San Francisco and then California’s attorney general, has consistently supported LGBTQ rights throughout her career.
As California’s attorney general, Harris refused to defend Proposition 8, the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and later officiated the wedding of Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier. She also refused to certify a “Kill the Gays” ballot initiative that would have instituted the death penalty for homosexuality.
“We’ve known her since she was the DA in San Francisco, and then of course, when she as attorney general was more engaged than any attorney general has been with us in the LGBTQ community,” Equality California executive director Rick Zbur told the Los Angeles Blade. “[She] really engaged with us and has a really strong commitment and understanding of our issues.”
Watch Harris on The Daily Show below.