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"Mr. Vice President, she's speaking." -Susan Page
Patriarchy was 'alive and well' during last night's debate. Mike Pence found himself on a stage with 2 women: Moderator Susan Page, and Senator Kamala Harris. While both parties agreed to be respectful during the debate, Mike Pence just couldn't help himself for displaying his patriarchal values. He repeatedly spoke over Susan Page, when she announced his time was up. He also repeatedly interrupted Senator Harris as she spoke. It got to a point where she had enough of Pence interrupting her. "He interrupted me. I would like to finish." Guys, I was cheering so loudly for my girl!
As for Susan Page, she definitely attempted to stand her ground against Pence's blatant misogyny, but I don't think she was completely prepared for how vile Pence can be. Senator Harris was prepared.
I know some of you (males) will respond with: "Kamala Harris was disruptive too." Did she interject a few times? Yes. However, she had lost some time to speak because Mike Pence constantly went over his time. It's a bit annoying to debate someone who won't respect the time the Presidential Debate Committee allotted for each candidate. Pence was more disruptive and disrespectful of time than Harris was. Pence isn't used to being around strong women in power, especially if one of the strong women is a woman of color.
Folks, you have to remember that Trump and Pence's level of conservative does not believe in women having a voice. They believe women should be told what to think, say, do, etc. It's even worse when you're a woman of color. How many times has the Trump campaign mocked Kamala's name and questioned her birth certificate? They only question the birthplace of an opponent if they are a person of color. This happened to Barack Obama when he was running! Republicans trashed him and claimed he was born in Kenya. Why did they come up with Kenya? Because he's African-American! Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Case closed!
Kamala Harris is a 'born and bred' true blue California gal. Case closed!
Kamala Harris is a strong woman. She can handle opposition. She will chew them up and spit them out. She wasn't rattled by Mike Pence's misogyny. She expected it, and he delivered. Despite the misogyny, she behaved while he had his uninterrupted minutes. She listened and let her facial expressions do all the talking. I was living for those facial expressions, guys! She did not have to verbally interrupt him. She spoke with a look. And when it was time for that open debate, she read him like a fucking book. She smelled his bullshit...and so did that fly!
Excellent job last night, Senator Harris! Looking forward to seeing you and Biden sworn into office in January, Ms. Veep!