Presumed Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris has been caught fabricating a story about how she attended a civil rights march in Oakland, Calif. as a young girl riding in a stroller.

In an October interview with Elle Magazine, Harris described how she took a tumble out of the stroller and her parents didn’t realize she had disappeared because they were so taken with the atmosphere of the march.

When they finally discovered that baby Kamala was missing, her parents went back and found Kamala appearing to be very upset.

According to the article, when her parents asked Kamala what she wanted, she looked up at her mother and said “Fweedom,” with her simple, childlike pronunciation of the word. 

The Elle article reads:

“Senator Kamala Harris started her life’s work young. She laughs from her gut, the way you would with family, as she remembers being wheeled through an Oakland, California, civil rights march in a stroller with no straps with her parents and her uncle. At some point, she fell from the stroller (few safety regulations existed for children’s equipment back then), and the adults, caught up in the rapture of protest, just kept on marching. By the time they noticed little Kamala was gone and doubled back, she was understandably upset. ‘My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,’ Harris says, ‘and she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.’”

It was later discovered that the same tale Kamala Harris wove to Elle was supposedly lifted from a 1965 Playboy interview with Martin Luther King, Jr.

The story MLK told Playboy was, “I never will forget a moment in Birmingham when a white policeman accosted a little Negro girl, seven or eight years old, who was walking in a demonstration with her mother. ‘What do you want?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked him straight in the eye and answered, ‘Fee-dom.’ She couldn’t even pronounce it, but she knew.”

The revelation has critics wondering if it’s possible Harris was in fact the little girl Dr. King witnessed in Birmingham, Ala. or if Harris simply lifted the story.  If the latter, this would not be the first time Harris has been busted trying to make her life more interesting.

During a radio show in 2019, she spun a yarn about smoking pot in college, “And I inhaled,” she assured the hosts. When questioned if she was listening to Snoop Dogg at the time, she confirmed, “Definitely Snoop, Tupac [Shakur] for sure.”

It was quickly sussed out that Tupac and Snoop Dogg didn’t rap before Harris had left law school, let alone her college days. Critics charged the story seemed to be made up to make Harris seem more relatable. 

Just a couple weeks ago during the holidays, Harris was again suspected of stretching the truth when she gave a video address about her childhood Kwanzaa memories.

“You know, my sister and I, we grew up celebrating Kwanzaa,” she said. “Every year, our family would – and our extended family, we would gather around, across multiple generations, and we’d tell stories. The kids would sit on the carpet and the elders would sit in chairs, and we would light the candles, and of course, afterwards have a beautiful meal. And, of course, there was always the discussion of the seven principles. And my favorite, I have to tell you, was always the one about self-determination, kujichagulia.”

Harris went on to say: “And, you know, essentially it’s about be and do. Be the person you want to be, and do the things you want to do, and do the things that need to be done. It’s about not letting anyone write our future for us, but instead going out and writing it for ourselves. And that principle motivates me today, as we seek to confront the challenges facing our country and to build a brighter future for all Americans. So, to everyone who is celebrating, Happy Kwanzaa from our family to yours.”

Her message made plenty of Twitter users scratch their heads because that holiday was invented years after Harris was born, along with the fact that she is of Jamaican and Indian descent and spent her childhood years in Montreal, Canada. 

Kwanzaa wasn’t even popularized until many years after its invention, causing many people to wonder why Harris seems to be making up so many stories about her youth and childhood.

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