Fact Check: Kamala Harris Did NOT Refuse To Be Sworn In Using The Bible

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Kamala Harris Did NOT Refuse To Be Sworn In Using The Bible See The Video

Did Kamala Harris refuse to be sworn into office using a Bible? No, that's not true: A video of Harris being sworn into office as a U.S. senator on January 3, 2017, clearly shows a Bible was used. There is no evidence that any of her previous oaths -- including for California attorney general -- were not done using a Bible.

The claim was made in a post (archived here) shared on Facebook on August 12, 2020. It read:

Kamala Harris refused to be sworn in using the Bible.....

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sat Aug 15 20:41:03 2020 UTC)

Still photographers are not allowed on the senate floor, but Biden and Harris re-enacted the ceremony off the floor -- using a Bible, as shown in this image released by the Harris press office:

Vice President Joe Biden swears in Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, while he...

Fortunately, C-SPAN recorded the actual ceremony and has the proof in video form. Watch as Vice President Biden swears in Harris as a U.S. senator on January 3, 2017. You see a Bible and you hear Biden ask Harris to put her right hand on the Bible:

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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