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Kamala Harris Unloads on Mike Pence's Homophobia, Misogyny

Kamala Harris Unloads on Mike Pence's Homophobia, Misogyny

Don't expect the presidential candidate to refer to the VP as "decent" anytime soon.

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Senator Kamala Harris granted an interview to MSNBC on Thursday, with journalist Peter Alexander saving his last question for the presidential candidate's take on Vice President Mike Pence.

For Democratic candidates, Pence is now a litmus test of their progressive values; this is mostly because former Vice President Joe Biden -- a likely 2020 presidential candidate -- infamously called Pence a "decent guy" last month. Massachusetts senator/presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren was asked whether she thought the homophobe was "decent" and she said he "was not an honorable person," before highlighting his anti-LGBTQ policies.

Harris was less equivocal when asked by MSNBC's Alexander. The California politician did make clear Pence's hostility towards LGBTQ people was the quality that most offended him to her.

"I disagree with most of what the vice president stands for when he makes decisions on our LGBTQ community in a way that doesn't understand they should be entitled to full equality under the law," Harris said. "I disagree when he suggests it's not possible to have meetings with women alone by himself. I think that's ridiculous, the idea that you would deny a professional woman the opportunity to have a meeting with the vice president of the United States."

Harris also weighed in on President Trump's emergency declaration to build a border wall and the decision by California governor Gavin Newsom to halt the death penalty in the nation's largest state. Watch below:

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.