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No, Kamala Harris Wasn't Being 'Hysterical,' CNN Analyst Says

Sen. Kamala Harris D-Calif. reacts during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Capitol Hill Wednesday Alex Brandon AP
Debra Rodriguez | 17 June, 2017, 07:10

Kamala Harris, D-Calif., being interrupted for the second time in a week by her male colleagues - triggered an outpouring of recognition and what has become nearly ritual social media outrage.

After Powers responded that Harris was "dogged" in questioning Sessions, but so too was Sen.

After playing the initial clip of Session's testimony, Joy Behar noted, with a remarkable lack of self awareness, that Sessions, who was forced to rush through testimony given under threat of perjury, needed to avoid getting his "panties in a twist". At some point, Harris was on the attack, Sessions was floundering, and the white men decided they had enough.

"How was Senator Harris hysterical?".

Last week, Sens. Richard Burr and John McCain of Arizona cut her off as she questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. While every lawmaker on the committee is entitled to five minutes to question the witness, Harris got tied up in a back-and-forth over "a longstanding Department of Justice policy" Sessions had using as cover for not disclosing the content of his conversations with Trump.

"She was trying to shout down Attorney General Sessions and I thought it was way out of bounds", Miller replied. But anyway, he's Attorney General.

Kamala Harris, put on your Wonder Woman suit. From his opening statement onward, Sessions said that in maintaining silence, he was protecting any future invocation of executive privilege the president might assert.

I often find myself wondering if things will truly ever change for the better.

"Sir, I'm not asking about the principle", she countered.

CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers was not going to allow a former Trump campaign adviser to call Sen.

"It's happened to me, Elizabeth Warren, and countless others", she wrote on the Democratic campaign fundraising website, ActBlue. However, the realist in me knows better. She is one of the most even-keeled stately people. She is a former prosecutor and she was using that experience to kind of cross-examine him.

So senators, step aside, stop interrupting and let the woman do her job. And to my knowledge, I don't think a single one of them asked that question. Because each senator doesn't get a lot.

Sessions: I don't recall that. "It's actually just unique to a woman and her uterus".

Behar went on to dissect the Greek meaning.

BEHAR: It's the women.

Several Democrat Senators continued to push for answers regarding those conversations, accusing Sessions of stonewalling the investigation.

"She ripped conservatives for "[playing] politics with public health" in regard to reproductive rights and their disastrous, secret plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Again and again, he invoked a nonexistent privilege in refusing to answer questions. And I just think you need to be really careful I think in this country or anywhere when you label everything sexist. Not today. Because let's be clear, what really appears to rankle these men is Harris' courage, her confidence in her own skin.

She was in the midst of striking a major blow to Sessions' testimony, a move that would have brought Sessions' credibility to its knees.

HAINES: That example is the worst. "But I have to tell you, I can not testify to what was said as we were standing at the Republican Convention before the podium where I spoke". She was interrupted. So what? We all get interrupted at this table all the time. When men were in the minority, however, they did not speak up less. While hysteria is no longer believed to be a real disorder, women are still referred to as hysterical when they're emotional or upset.

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