In the era of social media — where videos gone “viral” are the currency of the realm — hyper-partisanship, and, dare we say, symptoms of Trump Derangement Syndrome everywhere, political harassment is in vogue. Trump administration officials are routinely heckled and harassed in public places, like restaurants. This obnoxious behavior is corrosive of our democratic society. Political differences here are supposed to be debated, discussed and ultimately voted on. Public harassment has no place in an open society.
This is the season when presidential candidates are learning that running for president isn't as easy as they thought it would be. This is the time to start looking for something to rescue a faltering campaign. Sen. Kamala Harris is trying to lift hers with an ambitious scheme to narrow the gender pay gap, the difference between the earnings of men and women. Companies with even a 1 percent gap between the two sexes could be fined under her scheme.