Politician sparks furious backlash over 'unacceptably racist' comments about Kamala Harris

Joshua Zitser
Monday 09 November 2020 13:30
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A former MP and current life peer has sparked furious backlash for a tweet about Kamala Harris.

Lord John Kilclooney, who was previously deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, made a string of offensive comments about the vice-president-elect.

In one tweet, he wrote: “What happens if Biden moves on and the Indian becomes President. Who then becomes Vice President?”

Although Harris is of Indian and Jamaican heritage, she was born in Oakland, California.

She also, importantly, has a name,

Kilclooney claimed not to know it.

People were outraged by the peer's disrespectful comments about the future vice president.

This isn't the first time Kilclooney has made this sort of comment.

In 2018, he referred to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as a "typical Indian".

In 2017, he was called out by Piers Morgan for saying that cricket Moeen Ali was not "racially" English.

Nonetheless, somehow, he remains in the House of Lords.

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