FACT CHECK: Did Kamala Harris Say Americans ‘Aren’t Equipped To Make These Decisions For Themselves’?

FACT CHECK: Did Kamala Harris Say Americans ‘Aren’t Equipped To Make These Decisions For Themselves’?


An image shared on Facebook claims Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said, “The American people aren’t equipped to make these decisions for themselves.”

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that Harris made the statement. It appears to be a misrepresentation of a comment Harris made during the vice presidential debate.

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Fact Check:

Shortly after the first and only vice presidential debate between Harris and Vice President Mike Pence on Oct. 7, some Facebook users shared the claim that Harris said, “The American people aren’t equipped to make these decisions for themselves.” However, a review of USA Today’s transcript of the debate shows that Harris did not make the statement attributed to her in such posts.

The posts appear to misrepresent a comment Harris made during the debate. In response to Pence saying that he and President Donald Trump “trust the American people to make choices in the best interest of their health,” Harris argued that the Trump administration “stood on information” that people need to protect themselves from COVID-19, the debate transcript shows.

“This administration stood on information that if you had as a parent, if you had as a worker knowing you didn’t have

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