02:49 GMT25 January 2021
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    Over the summer, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris had openly supported protesters “on the ground in Minnesota” during unrest triggered by the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody, calling for donations to help bail out rioters.

    Projected Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has come under fire over her Twitter post urging people to support struggling small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Harris’s post on the weekend underscored that “especially Black and minority-owned businesses, urgently need relief” if they were to survive the current challenges.

    ​While the tweet seemed well-intended, Harris was quickly called out by the Twitterverse for her alleged double standards, as her statement seemed to be at odds with her open support for protesters at the height of social unrest in the US over the summer.

    At the time, Harris openly supported Black Lives Matter (BLM)-spearheaded protests in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota.

    On 1 June she openly encouraged donations to bail out jailed protesters, despite hundreds of businesses being looted, vandalised and torched amid the turbulent events.

    ​At the time, people on social media called out Harris for her stance, wondering if she was “deranged”.

    In Minnesota's capital region alone, more than 360 businesses in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul were vandalised or looted. At least 66 were completely destroyed by fire, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.

    ​While driven by ire against racial injustice and police brutality, the protests had morphed into widespread rioting and looting, with small businesses in many major metropolitan cities bearing the brunt of the violence.

    ​The recent tweet by Kamala Harris, now in the role of projected Vice-President, immediately set off a reaction on social media, with users calling her out over the apparent contradiction.

    ​Many took issue with Kamala Harris’ singling out of “Black and minority-owned businesses”.

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