Kamala Harris, blundering machine: the public appearances of the VP marked by embarrassing moments, controversies
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Vice President Kamala Harris is regularly touted as the obvious choice for Democrats if President Biden chooses not to be re-elected in 2024, prompting a re-examination of her White House performance, which was punctuated by multiple blunders, awkward moments and plummeting poll notes. .
While Biden, 79, has expressed his intention to run for a second term in 2024, some Democratic strategists doubt that will happen, given his age and declining popularity, which has been compounded by a devastating electoral loss for the Virginia Democrats which was interpreted as a referendum on his presidency.
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Harris is frequently featured in Democratic circles as a possible successor to Biden’s presidency, but his missteps throughout the year and declining approval ratings have raised concerns. A Fox News survey last month found that 45% of registered voters approved of Harris’ performance as vice president and 53% disapproved.
A lengthy CNN article recently described mutual exasperation between Harris and Biden’s offices as the vice president’s approval rating drops, with the premiere’s assistants feeling dry as she tackles thankless jobs without White House coverage, and White House staff having “raised their hands in the air” to their “lack of focus,” as CNN put it.
Harris’ public appearances were marked by unforced errors and uncomfortable moments, some caused by the vice president and others by her entourage.
A day after the CNN report, the White House announcer at Biden’s signing ceremony for the bipartisan infrastructure bill appeared to skip Harris’ turn to speak, instead introducing then-union political activist Heather Kurtenbach that the vice-president waited awkwardly on the podium.
In front of the stages, Harris sparked multiple controversies during his public appearances as vice-president. Earlier this month, she was ridiculed after appearing to imitate a French accent while speaking to French scientists during a visit to a Paris laboratory.
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A week earlier, Harris was mocked for touting “big wins” for Democrats in New York and New Jersey, two deep blue areas, after Democrat Terry McAuliffe was defeated by Republican governor-elect. Glenn Youngkin in Virginia.
In October, Harris was featured in a space-themed video – the first of a YouTube series titled “Get Curious with Vice President Harris” – which received heavy criticism online for the veep’s lively performance as well as the fact that child actors were used in its making.
In September, Harris drew criticism after nodding as a student accused Israel of “ethnic genocide.” Harris responded by saying that “the student’s truth should not be suppressed” during an event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Days earlier, Harris compared the behavior of customs and border protection officers photographed on horseback rounding Haitian migrants away from the US border with the historic treatment of slaves and Native Americans.
Harris was also criticized in September for traveling to California to campaign for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom while Californians were still stranded in Afghanistan.
In August, the Los Angeles Times, the newspaper from the hometown of Harris who had previously worshiped her, ran an article titled “Kamala Harris touted her role in Afghan politics. Now she owns it too,” hitting her off. for his role in the sloppy execution. of Biden’s military withdrawal.
In July, Harris was derided for arguing against voter identification laws by claiming that rural Americans could not get photocopies of their IDs because “there was no Kinkos “or” OfficeMax near them “.
Harris also came under fire in July after saying that Democratic lawmakers who fled Texas in an attempt to prevent the state’s new election laws from being passed were “in line” with the legacy of Frederick Douglass and protesters from Selma.
In June, Harris came under fire from Republicans and Democrats alike after she dismissed a question from NBC News’ Lester Holt about why she had yet to visit the southern border, despite being named as Tsar of the border by Biden in March.
“And I didn’t go to Europe,” Harris said at the time. “And I mean, I don’t understand the point you’re making. I don’t underestimate the importance of the border.”
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Harris was struck down for not making a trip to the US-Mexico border for nearly 100 days after her appointment as border czar, raising her eyebrows after finally making a trip to Guatemala to tackle the causes depths of the border crisis instead of the actual border.
She eventually made it to El Paso, Texas in June for her first visit to the border as vice president, which some critics called a photoshoot. She had already laughed several times, wondering if she would make the trip.
In March, Harris was criticized for failing to respond to multiple allegations of sexual harassment against former New York Gov. Democrat Andrew Cuomo, despite being a staunch supporter of the #MeToo movement. While Biden ultimately called on Cuomo to step down, Harris was silent on the matter.
And days after taking office, Harris faced controversy over an organization she had once promoted, called the Minnesota Freedom Fund, after a man who had previously been bailed out twice by the fund was arrested again. More recently, in August, a man who was released on bail for domestic assault by the same fund was subsequently charged with murder.
Fox News’ David Rutz and Brian Flood contributed to this report.
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