After being sentenced to nine years in prison for having less than a gram of cannabis oil on her person, WNBA star Brittney Griner made headlines all over America. Not only is her story spreading, but many of her teammates, celebrities, and even the White House have stood in solidarity for her safe return. Most recently, Vice President Kamala Harris criticized Russia for exploiting the situation. But while Harris is just the latest to join the side of Griner, former Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard suggested the VP was a hypocrite. 

On Thursday, voicing her support for Griner, Vice President Harris went on Twitter, writing, “With today’s sentencing, Russia continues its wrongful detention of Brittney Griner. She should be released immediately. @POTUS and I, and our entire Administration, are working every day to reunite Brittney, as well as Paul Whelan, with loved ones who miss each of them dearly.”

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Back when Kamala Harris received the role of Vice President, many chastised her history as an attorney general in California. Remembering her own actions that led to many being put in jail for marijuana, Tusli Gabbard told Will Cain on Fox News, “Another note of hypocrisy coming from Kamala Harris and this administration, as you mentioned during her illustrious record as attorney general in California…she kept prisoners in prison longer than their sentences to use them as free slave labor yet at the same time these very same people are condemning other countries for doing the exact same thing. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Just getting started, Gabbard added, “My question for her and the Biden administration – where is your outrage for your fellow Americans who are sitting in prison today here in the United States of America because of minor marijuana violations,” Gabbard declared. “How come you are not fighting as hard for them to be returned home and reunited with their families as you are for Brittney Griner.”

Comparing the Vice President to just being a normal politician, Gabbard concluded, “Unfortunately, like too many politicians, it seems that she puts her finger to the wind and decides the things she’s supposed to be angry about on any given day and if it becomes politically inconvenient or damaging then she’ll switch the other way.” 

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This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on August 8, 2022. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.

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