It’s been a difficult few months for Kamala Harris.
The once promising 2020 candidate has plummeted in national polling to a mere 4% in the latest Quinnipiac national poll.
Harris has also been forced to undergo major layoffs and recently lost a staffer to the Bloomberg campaign, but not before she wrote a blistering resignation letter ripping Harris.
According to a new NY Times report, Harris advisors credit Tulsi Gabbard’s attacks during the July debate for accelerating Harris’ downfall.
“There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said.
She also blasted Harris for maintaining the cash bail system which, she argued, disproportionately hurt poor people. Gabbard accused Harris of keeping prisoners beyond their sentence in order to use them as “cheap labor” as well as blocking evidence that would have “freed an innocent man from death row.”
“The bottom line is, Senator Harris, when you were in a position to make a difference and impact in these people’s lives, you did not,” Gabbard responded.
It was the latest in a series of attacks from Gabbard — and Harris’ advisers were reportedly unimpressed, especially as she had been prepped on potential attacks on her record. Harris responded then claiming that she had consistently fought against the death penalty and reformed the criminal justice system.
According to the Times, several of Harris’ donors were “alarmed” and urged the campaign to fire back at Gabbard. Harris was also aware that her response was “insufficient,” a view “reinforced by her advisers” according to the Times.
Harris’ advisers were also frustrated at the senator’s alleged inability to “carry a message beyond the initial script.”
According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls for the nomination, Harris was in second place in early July, commanding an average of 15 percent of primary voters. But since then, she has declined quickly.
This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com