Host Comes Out Swinging At Kamala Harris

D.L. Hughley at left with George Lopez and Cedric the Entertainment

( — Daily Show guest host D.L. Hughley drew shocked gasps from the audience when he launched a stinging attack on Vice President Kamala Harris over her attendance at the funeral of Tyre Nichols, the young man who died following a beating by police during a traffic stop in Memphis in January. The funeral of Nichols took place on February 1st and was attended by the Vice President who said that Nichols deserved to be safe, and called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

Hughley’s take-down of the Vice President began positively when he noted that she was the first senior political figure to attend the funeral of a person killed in a police incident. His tone changed however when he added, “I’m happy she’s showing up in Black mode, not in cop mode.” He went on to say that Harris had been a District Attorney and therefore her attendance might have been a sting operation. The audience was stunned, and an audible “wow” could be heard, when Hughley said, “There is a good reason to have a Black vice president. If you’re not going to do anything about police reform, at least you can have somebody that goes to those funerals.”

The Vice President spoke for around 5 minutes at the Nichols funeral where she gave thanks to the Reverend Al Sharpton for the work he has done over many decades that she said had touched so many families. She also paid tribute to the family of Tyre Nichols and their courage and strength.

She drew applause when she urged leaders on Capitol Hill to push forward with legislation on police reform that was introduced following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020. The legislation would have banned chokeholds and created national standards for policing. The bill was passed in the House of Representatives but stalled in the Senate and has remained stagnant since then.

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