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Kamala Harris Says She Wants To ‘Reduce Population’ In Stunning Gaffe

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Vice President Kamala Harris misspoke again, and this time she set off a firestorm of controversy.

One of the massive conspiracy theories for a long time has been that people in positions of power intend to reduce the population of the world via nefarious means in order to save the environment.

When speaking on Friday the vice president gave a clip that will live in infamy as fodder for those conspiracy theories when she said that she intended to reduce the population, when she meant to say reduce pollution.

“When we invest in clean energy, and electric vehicles, and reduce population, more of our children can breathe clean air and drink clean water,” she said in a speech on clean energy.

Conservatives seized on the error.

“What she just said, you’re not supposed to say if you’re a liberal,” Fox News host Jesse Watters said on his show “Jesse Watters Primetime.” “They’ve been saying this for a long time, they need to reduce population to heal the planet. How does she actually intend to do that do you think?”

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“This is another one of those Republican conspiracy theories you’ve said for so long, that Democrats want to reduce the population, and then she just flat out said it,” Tomi Lahren responded.

In the official transcript of the speech the White House corrected the error.

“When we invest in clean energy and electric vehicles and reduce population pollution, more of our children can breathe clean air and drink clean water,” the official White House transcript shows.

But some Republicans continued to attack the mistake.

“Kamala Harris admits she wants to reduce the population for environmental reasons. That’s not just anti-American. That’s anti-human,” Ohio state Sen. Michael Rulli said.

“Are you the population she wants to reduce?” Rep. Thomas Massie said.

But it was Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene who eviscerated her..

“@VP what do you mean by reduce population? Abortion? Assisted suicide? Or what means are you suggesting to reduce population in (order) to help public health?” she said.

The vice president has been on a streak of misspeaking in recent days.

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Harris is the de facto Artificial Intelligence Czar of the United States and after you see her explain what artificial intelligence is that thought may frighten you.

The vice president sat with consumer protection and civil rights experts as she explained what AI is as if she were explaining it to a class of first graders.

“The first part of this issue that should be articulated is AI is kind of a fancy thing. First of all, it’s two letters. It means artificial intelligence,” the vice president said. “It’s about machine learning.”

“The machine is taught, and part of the issue here is what information is going into the machine, that will then determine — and we can predict then, if we think about what information is going in – what then will be produced, in terms of decisions and opinions that may be made through that process,” she said.

Harris went on to say that she was concerned about AI’s ability to spread “misinformation and disinformation” and said that senior citizens were particularly vulnerable.

She then said other minority groups were vulnerable but did not give a reason why that would be the case.

“Innovation has so much possibility to improve the condition of human life. And to the extent that we can encourage that approach, we should,” she said. “We should not dampen or in any way slow down innovation that can improve the condition of people’s lives. And we must also ensure that in that process we are not trampling on people’s rights.”

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