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January 22, 2022

Kamala Harris Grilled Over Biden’s Remarks in Heated Interview [Video]

Vice President Kamala Harris faced tough questions during a heated interview on NBC’s Today addressing President Joe Biden’s remarks on the integrity of the upcoming 2022 midterms.

“He openly cast doubt on whether the 2022 midterm elections would be legitimate,” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie said.

“He said it all depends, which is astonishing to hear a president question whether our elections will be legitimate. We’ve heard it before, but not from this president. Is he really concerned that we may not have fair and free elections?”

“The president has been consistent on this issue,” Harris replied.

“And the issue at hand, the issue—I was there last night in the chamber of the Senate, and the issue is that there are two bills, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, that have been the solution that has been offered to address the fact that around our country states have put in place laws that are purposely making it more difficult for the American people to vote.”

Harris continued, saying the impact of those laws would be felt by “at least 55 million Americans regardless of their party affiliation, their race, their gender or their geographic location,” before Guthrie interjected.

“To the point though because those bills were debated—the bills were debated and they didn’t pass,” Guthrie said as Harris continued speaking.

“If I may finish,” Harris said.

“Of course,” Guthrie replied. “But the specific question if you don’t mind. Does he think now that these bills haven’t been passed that the ’22 midterms won’t be legitimate or fair or free?”

“Let’s not conflate issues,” Harris said.

“We, as America, cannot afford to allow this blatant erosion of our democracy and in particular the right of all Americans who are eligible to vote to have access to the ballot unfettered.”

The vice president said people shouldn’t be distracted by “political gamesmanship” but did not say whether Biden believed the midterms would be legitimate or not.


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Kamala Harris Dodges Question on Whether Joe Biden Thinks Midterms Will Be Illegitimate

January 17, 2022

Kamala Harris Tells Americans Struggling to Find COVID Tests to ‘Google It’

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Psaki wasn’t the only member of the Biden administration to raise eyebrows with a flippant response this week. Vice President Kamala Harris was widely criticized for essentially telling Americans struggling to find rapid COVID-19 tests to “Google it.”

In a sit-down interview for NBC’s The Today Show, host Craig Melvin asked Harris why the administration had neglected to secure more at-home tests for Americans.

“We’re two years into [the pandemic],” Melvin said. “Why didn’t the administration just go out and secure more at-home tests after the delta surge in the fall? Why are we still at a point now where folks still can’t get tests?”

“You can Google it, go onto any search engine and find out where a free testing site is available,” Harris responded.

“But Madam Vice President,” Melvin said. “the fact that we’re still telling people to Google where you can get a test and—”

“But, but, but come on now,” Harris interjected. “I mean, really, if you want to figure out how to get across town to some restaurant you heard is great, you usually do Google to figure out where it is.”

Another noteworthy clip from the interview showed Melvin asking Harris about the validity of a New York Times column that proposed replacing Harris with someone else, like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), if President Joe Biden runs for reelection.

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“Are we going to see the same Democratic ticket in 2024?” Melvin asked. Harris attempted to brush off the question: “I’m sorry, we are thinking about today,” she said. “I mean, honestly, I know why you’re asking the question because this is part of the punditry and the gossip around places like Washington, D.C.” When Melvin persisted, asking whether she’d read the article, she shut him down: “I really could care less about the high-class gossip on these issues.”

January 7, 2022

Harris Criticized for 9/11 Analogy

Vice President Kamala Harris likened the January 6 Capitol riot to Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terror attacks.

Harris’ remark came during a speech delivered Thursday, addressing the event on its one-year anniversary.

“Certain dates echo throughout history,” Harris said. “Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar but a place in our collective memory. December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021.”

The vice president said the participants sought to attack “the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the comparison, calling the analogy “an insult to the people that were going into [the Twin Towers].”

“It’s interesting how everything in our society becomes very politicized, and so today – honestly, I’m not going to watch any of it – you’re going to see the D.C./New York media, this is their Christmas, Jan. 6,” DeSantis said. 

“They are going to take this and milk this for anything they could to smear anyone who ever supported Donald Trump,” he continued.

“Look, if you obstruct a proceeding, all about holding people accountable. If you’re rioting, hold them accountable,” DeSantis said.

“But let’s just be clear here: When they try to act like this is something akin to the September 11 attacks, that is an insult to the people that were going into those buildings.”

The White House defended Harris’ comparison, saying detractors should focus on “solving the threat to democracy” instead of the VP’s words.

“Instead of focusing on or analyzing comparisons of moments in history, I would suggest that they be a part of solving the threat to democracy that occurs today, that is happening today,” Psaki told reporters on Thursday. “And they’re using this as an excuse not to be a part of that.”


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Florida’s DeSantis: Comparisons of Jan. 6 to 9/11 ‘insult to the people that were going into those buildings’

January 5, 2022

Critics Blast Harris for ‘Tone Deaf’ Tweet

Vice President Kamala Harris was criticized on social media after tweeting that the country is “moving again” thanks to President Joe Biden’s infrastructure law, as hundreds of motorists remained stranded on a major Virginia interstate in the wake of a winter storm.

“Because of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, America is moving again,” Harris tweeted. “That’s what infrastructure is all about: getting people moving.”

People were quick to point out the irony of Harris’ wording, given the ongoing situation on Interstate 95.

“Not so much in VA right now! I-95 is pretty clogged,” one user replied.

Some accused Harris of being “tone deaf” as hundreds of motorists endured frigid conditions for upwards of 18 hours.

Among those stuck in the traffic was Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who arrived at his destination after 21 hours.

“I am not sure [Kaine] is moving on 95,” one user wrote in response to Harris.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said they were still in the process of restoring lanes.

“We know many travelers have been stuck on Interstate 95 in our region for extraordinary periods of time over the past 24 hours, in some cases since Monday morning. This is unprecedented, and we continue to steadily move stopped trucks to make progress toward restoring lanes,” said Marcie Parker, a VDOT engineer.


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Harris ripped for tweeting ‘America is moving again’ with hundreds stranded on I-95

December 29, 2021

Question to Harris About Who the ‘Real President’ Is Leads to Heated Exchange [Video]

Vice President Kamala Harris had a heated exchange with Charlamagne Tha God after he asked her to name the “real president.”

During an interview for Comedy Central’s Tha God’s Honest Truth, host Charlamagne Tha God asked: “So who’s the real president of this country? Is it Joe Manchin or Joe Biden, Madam Vice President?”

“Come on, Charlamagne,” Harris said. “Come on — it’s Joe Biden.”

“It’s Joe Biden,” Harris reiterated, talking over Charlamagne’s retorts. “And don’t start talking like a Republican about asking whether or not he’s president.”

“It’s Joe Biden,” Harris repeated, her voice rising. “And I’m vice president, and my name is Kamala Harris.”

Harris then highlights the Biden administration’s child tax credit, efforts to lower the price of prescription drugs and lower the mortality rate for Black mothers.

“So I hear the frustration, but let’s not deny the impact that we’ve had,” Harris said.

Charlamagne, real name Lenard McKelvey, praised the vice president’s forceful response, saying, “That Kamala Harris, that’s the one I like. That’s the one that was putting pressure on people in Senate hearings. That’s the one I’d like to see more often out here in these streets.”

Earlier in the interview, the Breakfast Club radio show host blasted Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.), saying the centrist is “ruining the country” and “blocking progress.” Charlamagne said Democrats run the risk of losing the support of Black voters in the upcoming midterm elections because “the stuff [Manchin’s] holding up progress on are hurting people” and “hurting Black people in particular.”

Harris argued that infighting among Democrats isn’t the only factor contributing to stalled progress.

“Here’s the thing, though,” Harris said. “I think it’s a mistake to try and think about this only through the lens of Democrats versus Democrats when the fact is Republicans are consistently and unanimously standing in the way of progress.”


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Kamala Harris says she was ‘frustrated’ when she snapped at Charlamagne tha God for asking who the ‘real president is’: VP says ‘injustice’ and ‘unfairness’ are what get her fired up

December 13, 2021

Harris Mocked Over Old Tweet Calling Bogus Smollett Attack a ‘Lynching’

In the wake of Jussie Smollett’s guilty verdict, people are ribbing Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden over old tweets that supported the actor.

A jury recently convicted Smollett for staging a hate crime in 2019, in which he hired two brothers to assault him and place a noose around his neck while shouting racial slurs, homophobic slurs, and support for then-President Donald Trump.

In the immediate aftermath of Smollett’s bogus claim, Biden announced his support for the former Empire star.

“What happened today to [Smollett] must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie,” Biden tweeted.

At the time, Harris called the incident a “modern day lynching.”

“[Smollett] is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate,” Harris tweeted.

The tweets made the rounds following Smollett’s guilty verdict, with conservatives calling on Biden, Harris, and other high-profile Democrats to issue retractions.

“Kyle Rittenhouse, Jussie Smollett … Biden never misses an opportunity to play politics and prejudge cases before he has all the facts,” GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote on Twitter.

Donald Trump Jr. also weighed in, sarcastically tweeting he was “happy the perpetrator was brought to justice.”


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Biden, Harris mocked for old tweets calling Jussie Smollett ‘attack’ a ‘lynching’

December 4, 2021

Report: Kamala’s Staffers Quitting Over Fear of Being Labeled ‘Harris Person’

A new report revealed that some of Vice President Kamala Harris’s staffers are resigning from their positions partially over concerns of being forever labeled a “Harris person.”

Sources told Axios the concern over the permanent label of a “Harris person” along with burnout and desire for greener pastures are driving the mass exodus from the vice president’s office.

One anonymous Democratic strategist said that Harris needs “someone loyal, who can think methodically to best position the vice president and to make sure everything she’s doing is being maximized and communicated to a broad population and get her numbers up.” 

Another anonymous Democratic source close to the situation said the staff departures are driving chief of staff Tina Flournoy to keep the sinking ship afloat.

“If we mess this up, it’s going to set women back when it comes to running for higher office for years to come,” the source said.

The report comes amid the news that Harris’s chief spokesperson, Symone Sanders, is leaving her post at the end of the year.

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Burnout, money, concern drive Harris turnover

November 19, 2021

Kamala Harris Briefly Holds Presidential Power During Biden’s Colonoscopy

Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman to hold presidential authority after President Joe Biden temporarily transferred power to Harris on Friday before undergoing a colonoscopy.

“As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.”

As of 11:35 a.m. EST, Biden was “in good spirits” and had “resumed his duties.”

Biden celebrates his 79th birthday on Saturday.

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Biden briefly transfers power to Harris while he gets colonoscopy

November 19, 2021

Kamala Harris says she and Biden ‘absolutely not’ discussing 2024 run

Vice President Kamala Harris said she and President Joe Biden have “absolutely not” discussed a 2024 bid for reelection.

“You’re not discussing 2024 yet?” Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos asked during an interview Thursday morning.

“Absolutely not,” Harris responded. “No.”

The question comes amid the pair’s steadily declining approval ratings and recent disappointing election results for Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey. Biden will be 81 in 2024, leading some to speculate that he might not seek reelection.

“What President Biden and I started our day talking about, as we normally do, is bringing in members of our intelligence community to review the presidential daily brief and talk about classified information around threats to our national security and hot spots around the world,” Harris told Stephanopoulos. She added that they’re current primary focus is the “implementation of the bipartisan infrastructure deal.”

Spurred by recent reports of growing tensions between Biden and Harris, the ABC host asked the VP if she felt “misused or underused,” which she denied.

“I’m very, very excited about the work that we have accomplished,” Harris said. Though, she’s aware “that there is a lot more to do.”

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VP Kamala Harris says she and Biden are ‘absolutely not’ discussing running for reelection in 2024 yet

November 16, 2021

Report: Inside the growing tensions between Harris and Biden

CNN spoke with dozens of insiders about the growing tensions between President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Many within the vice president’s circle feel that she’s being sidelined, with Harris telling several confidants she feels politically constrained.

“It is natural that those of us who know her know how much more helpful she can be than she is currently being asked to be,” said Eleni Kounalakis, the lieutenant governor of California and Harris’s longtime friend. “That’s where the frustration is coming from.”

According to CNN, other Democrats are quietly waiting in the wings to start laying the groundwork for a presidential run if and when Harris falters.

Meanwhile, key White House aides view Harris and her staff as dysfunctional and unfocused. Many sources outlined the same details: Harris’s staff has repeatedly failed her and left her exposed, and family members have often had an informal say within her office.

Last month, Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticized Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave, and White House aides sprang to his defense. Harris loyalists told CNN they wondered why she didn’t get similar treatment when she’s been the subject of criticism on the right.

“It’s hard to miss the specific energy that the White House brings to defend a white man, knowing that Kamala Harris has spent almost a year taking a lot of the hits that the West Wing didn’t want to take themselves,” said a former Harris aide.

White House aides said the timing of Buttigieg’s leave was serendipitous as Biden is pushing for a national paid leave law to be part of his social safety net package.

The outlet reported that Harris didn’t want to be assigned to manage the border, as it’s a no-win political situation that would sandbag any future aspirations. Biden’s team was annoyed that Harris fumbled answers to questions about the border, including an awkward laughing response about not visiting it during an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt.

Part of the frustration stems from the lack of follow-through from Harris’s office. During her trip to El Paso, Texas, this summer, Harris met with Fernando Garcia, executive director of Border Network for Human Rights. Garcia said that he was optimistic at first, but now she’s “disappeared.”

“We haven’t heard any substantive messaging push for better immigration policies,” Garcia said. “We haven’t seen her leadership.”

Some top Harris aides said they regret that she didn’t request more well-defined assignments.

“They’re consistently sending her out there on losing issues in the wrong situations for her skill set,” said a former high-level Harris aide.

The CNN report isn’t the first rumbling of tensions in Harris’s office. In June, Politico reported that her office was “chaotic.”

“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” one source told Politico. “It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s—.”

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Exasperation and dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris’ frustrating start as vice president

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