Liberals were waiting for the moment to tweet outrage if anyone dared to interrupt Democrat Senator Kamala Harris from California during the Senate Intelligence Committee testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and they were far from disappointed.
A combative exchange in which Sessions snapped at Harris for interrupting him provided them the opportunity to yell “racism” and “sexism” on social media.
“I don’t believe I had any conversation with a Russian businessman or Russian nationals,” Sessions answered before being interrupted.
“Are you aware of communications…” Harris interjected.
“…although a lot of people were at the convention, it’s conceivable that somebody came up to me,” he continued, talking through her.
“Sir, sir, I have just a few minutes,” she interrupted again, smiling.
“Well if you’ll let me qualify it,” he loudly protested, “if I don’t qualify it, you’ll accuse me of lying. So I need to be correct as best I can.”
“I do want you to be honest,” she said, smiling.
“I’m not able to be rushed this fast,” Sessions added, “it makes me nervous!”
The exchange was immediately picked up on social media and excoriated as yet another example of a white male in power talking down to a person of color, or “POC,” as many on the left call the non-white demographic. “WOC” refers to “women of color.”
“The Root” even referred to Kamala Harris “white man kryptonite.”
— The Root (@TheRoot) June 13, 2017
While some on the right struck back at the narrative unfolding on social media:
Sessions showed his feistiness not only to Senator Harris, but to Senator Wyden (D-Oreg.) as well, who he snapped at for accusing him of stonewalling at the hearing Tuesday.