Vice President Kamala Harris – who has been labeled my many as one of the worst Vice Presidents in history – revealed during an interview airing on Sunday what she believes to be her biggest failure thus far – but it’s not quite what you would expect.
Harris has seen her approval ratings plummet to the worst numbers ever recorded for a vice president in a USA Today/Suffolk poll at 28%. Still, the VP seems to think that her biggest failure during her first year in the Biden administration has been simply not getting out of Washington, D.C., more.
When asked by CBS News host Margaret Brennan what her biggest failure was during her first year in office, Harris responded, “To not get out of D.C. more.”
“I mean, and I actually mean that sincerely for a number of reasons,” she continued. “You know, I — we, the president and I came in, you know, COVID had already started. It was — the pandemic had started. And when we came in, we really couldn’t travel. You know, a large part of the relationship that he and I have built has been being in this, you know, together in the same office for hours on end, doing Zooms or whatever because we couldn’t get out of D.C. and on issues that are about fighting for anything from voting rights to child care to one of the issues that I care deeply about maternal health. Being with the people who are directly impacted by this work, listening to them so that they, not some pundit, tells us what their priorities are, I think is critically important.”
Harris said that she did not want to be out of touch with the American people by being trapped in a “bubble.”
Harris also spoke with Brennan about the possibility that she may being set up by the Biden administration to fail.
Brennan said: “I want to ask you, you know, I’ve talked to some of your former Senate colleagues and they say you have been given an impossible portfolio. And a lot of people have been harshly critical of that. And I want to ask you if you think some of these things are fair or unfair. Donna Brazile, the former Democratic strategist said, “all the focus on turnover in your office is overblown, but you do need to renew and repurpose.” Bakari Sellers said, “her portfolio is trash. You give someone a portfolio that is not meant for them to succeed.” Do you think any of this is fair? Do you think you’re being set up to fail?”
“No, I don’t believe I’m being set up to fail,” Harris fired back.
“I’m the Vice President of the United States,” she continued. “Anything that I handle is because it’s a tough issue, and it couldn’t be handled at some other level. And there are a lot of big, tough issues that need to be addressed, and it has actually been part of my lifelong career to deal with tough issues and this is no different.”
Harris refused to say whether she believed the scrutiny was due to the fact that she’s a Black woman despite the fact that she claimed recently media coverage of her has been less favorable because she is not a “white man.”
“I’ll leave that for others to deal with,” she told Brennan. “I have a job to do, and I’m going to get that job done.”
Harris’ defenders have blasted Biden for putting her in charge of seemingly unwinnable issues like the border crisis despite the fact that the crisis was created by the Biden administration.
Reports have also surfaced that Harris’ office is quite the toxic environment and a number of staff departures have helped to give validity to those reports.
One former staffer who worked for Harris before she was vice president told The Washington Post earlier this month that Harris is a “bully” who subjects her employees to “a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism.”
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” one person with direct knowledge of how Harris’ office is run told Politico back in June. “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—.”
Harris’s communications director, Ashley Etienne, and senior adviser to the vice president and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders recently announced their departures. Politico reported this month that other key members in Harris’ office are “eyeing the exits.”
The White House has downplayed the departures, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying it is “natural” for staffers to be ready to “move on.”
Author: Kevin Wilson