Fact Check

Kamala Harris Didn't Threaten To Use the Military Against 'Trumpers'

The VP supposedly said she does not care about the Constitution and will use federal law enforcement and the military against Trump supporters.

Published Feb 8, 2021

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - DECEMBER 11: U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks during an event to announce new cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre on December 11, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. President-elect Joe Biden is continuing to round out his domestic team with the announcement of his choices for cabinet secretaries of Veterans Affairs and Agriculture, and the heads of his domestic policy council and the U.S. Trade Representative. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Chip Somodevilla / Staff)
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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris threatened to use 'federal law enforcement and the military ... against Trumpers'

Shortly after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021, the following meme was shared on Facebook. It purported that on her first full day in office, Harris had threatened that "we will use federal law enforcement and the military" against "Trumpers ... [who] will beg me for a loaf of bread":

“These Trumpers, think we care about the constitution. We have the power now, it’s time to end this. They really don’t get. We will block them in the courts, we will use federal law enforcement and the military. After Joe inflicts the death blow, I’ll take the reigns [sic]. They will beg me for a loaf of bread.”

We found no documentation that Harris said any such thing, however. Such controversial comments certainly would have been widely reported, yet a simple search turns up not a single related news account. Nor did any similar statement appear in Harris' social media accounts or in White House briefing room statements.

The meme claims the statement in question was made on Jan. 21, the first full day of the Biden-Harris administration, but Harris' recorded events that day were speaking briefly to the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting (during which she made no such comments) and participating in a call with World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Harris had delivered her first speech as vice president the day before, on Inauguration Day, but in that address she made no mention of former President Donald Trump or his supporters.

Because we could find no evidence whatsoever of this quotation's being legitimate, we rate this item "False."

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