Dishonest Kamala

During the VP Debate held in Salt Lake City, Utah last week, US Sen. Kamala Harris told many mistruths, otherwise called lies, but this was one of the biggest I believe. VP Mike Pence pressed US Sen. Kamala Harris whether she and former VP Joe Biden were going to pack the court if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed?

Harris refused to answer, Joe Biden also refused to answer the question, whether she and Joe Biden would pack the Supreme court and instead tried to make the argument that in October of 1864, President Lincoln would not choose a nominee to replace Chief Justice Roger Taney, who had died in October 1864, just prior to the November 1864 general election.

She said President Lincoln would not nominate a chief justice with a national election approaching in the midst of the Civil War. Kamala Harris said, “Honest Abe said, ‘It’s not the right thing to do.’”

Lincoln said no such thing. He sent no nominee to the Senate in October 1864, because the Senate was out of session until December. He sent a nominee, December 6th, the day after the session began, and Salmon P. Chase was confirmed the same day.

Lincoln wanted to dangle the nomination before Chase and several other potential candidates because he wanted them to campaign for him. Lincoln’s priority was winning the election, which was necessary to win the war. He filled the vacancy at the fist possible instant.

It’s interesting to note that Salmon P. Chase also ran for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1860 but lost the nomination to Abraham Lincoln.

To purposely distort history and misrepresent a beloved President, Abraham Lincoln, in order to promote and dishonestly substantiate a political goal is reprehensible. She wants to lead our nation; I don’t think so.


Steve Yoder is a resident of Wailua Homesteads

  1. Kurt Last October 13, 2020 5:46 am Reply

    It’s good that Mr. Yoder keeps tabs on what Senator Harris says. She should be more accurate about events that took place 150 years ago.

    However, Mr. Yoder oddly seems to completely ignore the continuous river of lies that spew every day, on every subject, from Donald Trump. Yesterday (as opposed to 150 years ago) roughly 800 Americans died largely due to Mr. Trump’s constant lying, trademark incompetence and bottomless ignorance. Keep waving those Trump banners, Mr. Yoder!

  2. Honest Abe October 13, 2020 6:09 am Reply

    She was unqualified to hold any government position prior to that lie.

  3. David October 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply

    You are correct, we shouldn’t vote for someone who lies and distorts history. Trump never lied and has a great understanding of history. (In case you missed it I’m being sarcastic)

  4. kauaiboy October 13, 2020 6:56 am Reply

    “In order to promote and dishonestly substantiate a political goal is reprehensible.”

    tRump, the biggest liar ever to occupy the White House wants to lead our nation; I don’t think so.

  5. pot calling..... October 13, 2020 7:18 am Reply

    Well, I would rather have Kamala than a washed up republican perennially running for every county office open.

  6. james October 13, 2020 7:45 am Reply

    That’s what you are focusing on after the thousands of lies coming from Trump and Pence? Must be lonely and frustrating being a Trump supporter here on Kauai.

  7. Dick Moritz October 13, 2020 8:05 am Reply

    Historians do not recognize the Lincoln quote as authentic. However, it is clear that Lincoln wanted to wait until after the election to name his nominee, and that he was waiting to see expressions of public opinion from the country before doing so.

    Meanwhile on 10 September President Trump said “We have rounded the final turn”.
    I don’t think so.

  8. lisa Insalata October 13, 2020 8:32 am Reply

    Interesting that anyone would ignore the torrent of baseless falsehoods and outrageous lies coming at an unprecedented speed from Donald Trump. The sheer volume of his misstatements and “serial exaggerations” are unparalleled.

  9. therealhawaiian October 13, 2020 9:59 am Reply

    Kamala Harris is one of the most liberal and serial liars in Government. She was horrible, nasty, and downright evil with regards to the qualifications and mental capability of Joe Biden. She said anything she could, fact or fiction, to be the Democrat nominee for President. She called Biden every name in the book, challenged his mental fitness, and did everything but call him the devil. I urge everyone to go back and look at the Democrat debates and see for yourself! Unfortunately, in some instances Kamala was right. Joe is not capable of being President. Anyone voting Biden for President is actually voting for Kamala to be President. God help all of us if that occurs.

    1. Pete Antonson October 14, 2020 2:20 pm Reply

      I picked FOX News as the most likely to print a list of the most demeaning things Harris said about Biden during the Democratic Party Debates. For the entire article, the one they featured and even provided the video of, was Harris saying Biden taking too long to change his mind on the Hyde Amendment was “UNACCEPTABLE!” Yes, TRH, go now, with a reference, and proclaim your truths throughout the land!


  10. Nathan October 13, 2020 10:45 am Reply

    Why did The Garden Island run this? One statement in a debate is worthy of an op-ed?

    Couldn’t be the Mr. Yoder and the rest of the GOP is deflecting their own 2016 hypocrisy with bad faith defenses of Abe…

  11. Kauaidoug October 13, 2020 11:32 am Reply

    Can we say nit pick? And what about the countless lies flowing from the VP as he tried to defend a failed “regime” with all it’s crooks and the president himself?
    Mr Yoder I just voted and I did not vote for you but against everything you stand for. I have never seen you write anything that didn’t come right off the FOX news talking points. Talking points full of lies, grains of truth but twisted, and full on blind to reality.

  12. Susan L. Straight October 13, 2020 12:14 pm Reply

    Mr. Yoder…are you kidding me??? Did Ms. Harris tell a lie? Possibly. But how on earth can you compare that to four years of listening to an intellectually challenged megalomaniac lie EVERY SINGLE day. In fact, the only news on that front would be if Trump told the TRUTH once! You base your displeasure on hearing ‘A’ lie, when the man you purportedly admire couldn’t find the truth if it bit him in the posterior. Your article is specious, and quite frankly ridiculous.

  13. Vote Biden October 13, 2020 12:21 pm Reply

    Dishonest Steve.

    The fake pearl clutching about the ghost of Honest Abe is laughable and completely misses the point. Republicans like Steve know it is missing the point and are happy to steer the conversation away from GLARING REPUBLICAN HYPOCRISY that is filling this seat so close to the election.

    Harris and Biden won’t answer the question about packing the court because Judge Barrett has not been confirmed yet and there is still a chance some Republicans will the see this massive mistake and do the right thing which would make court packing irrelevant.

    THE FACTS ARE MITCH MCCONNELL AND THE REPUBLICANS STOLE MERRICK GARLAND AND 120 PLUS LOWER COURT SEATS BY REFUSING OBAMA’S REPLACEMENTS. That is packing the court. They are doing the exact opposite of what they did in 2016 yet it is much closer to the election. We are already voting here in Kauai like many states. That is lying and hypocrisy at its finest. That is what the Republican Party has become in 2020. The party of lies, distractions, hypocrisy, and conmen like Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham, and Mitch McConnell.


    Vote for Joe Biden. Vote for James Tokioka. Vote for truth, science, and decency.

    I don’t usually comment on political posts but I will not allow this $&#* to be distributed on our island unchecked.

  14. Sye October 13, 2020 12:40 pm Reply

    THAT is what you think of as reprehensible now? Where have you been the last 4 years?

  15. LTEreader October 13, 2020 12:50 pm Reply

    “Harris refused to answer.”

    Did the format change? I don’t recall Pence being elected to moderate and ask the questions, do you?
    And have you taken the time to FACT CHECK all the lies Pence spewed during the debate? Probably not, but you need to.

  16. Lawaibob October 13, 2020 1:19 pm Reply

    Dishonest who?

    Trump For Prison 2021

  17. Lawaibob October 13, 2020 1:21 pm Reply

    Yoder, feel free to give me a call I come help you haul your signs to the dump after you lose the election. Bob

  18. David Phillips October 13, 2020 2:48 pm Reply

    Thanks for revealing this historical anecdote. I appreciate your scholarship. Its implications are indicative of a seminal matter. I have to speak in code or I will get cancelled.

  19. MisterM October 13, 2020 3:37 pm Reply

    The author must have just awakened from a 4-year coma. Where’s the outrage about Trump’s incessant, never-ending lies? No President ever came close to the thousands of provable lies he’s spewed.

    So glad to know Democrats will soon control the White House, Senate and House of Reps. Will need 8 full years to regain world respect, repair the disastrous economy, and roll back the tax cuts for the rich.

  20. Uli Roth October 13, 2020 5:03 pm Reply

    That’s funny Yoder!
    You’re orange Hitler has
    told over 20,000 lies! Don’t know why you support a a Mass Murderer of 210,000 Americans!
    Also a Traitor, and the bigliest
    Liar to ever inhabit The White House! Shame on you and all the other red hatters! Oh, before I
    forget. Is donald Pro Choice now that part of his 100,000$ cocktail had stem cell tissue from an abortion? Oh the Hypocrisy! Proud to say I mailed my ballot today for Uncle Joe & Kamala 🇺🇸

  21. westkauai October 13, 2020 9:57 pm Reply

    So Yoder confirmed the truth, but was somehow mistaken? I think not…

  22. Kimo October 14, 2020 11:40 am Reply

    Lord, Jesus Christ, this place is full of hate.

  23. Lawaibob October 15, 2020 11:56 am Reply

    Trump kisses dictators butts

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