A text exchange between Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and an aide for presidential hopeful Kamala Harris has gone public, and it shows there may be some serious issues with Harris’ campaign.
The text exchange was over a tweet from a Buzzfeed reporter that was critical of Kamala Harris’ repeated calls for Twitter to ban President Donald Trump, a belief she expressed again during Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate. Harris at one point tried pressuring Elizabeth Warren into also endorsing the idea of Trump being kicked off of Twitter, but Warren did not take the bait.
“Hard to know if last night harmed or helped Warren, but think all can come together and agree a debate highlight was Warren telling Kamala Harris no about banning Trump from Twitter then just continuing with her point in the manner of shrugging off a Greenpeace clipboard person,” Buzzfeed reporter Katherine Miller tweeted in reaction to Harris’ performance during the debate.
The Harris aide reached out to Smith and gave a peek behind the curtain of how Harris and her camp tried to control the media when it was critical of the senator.
“Hey I have talked to her directly a few times when she’s tweeted out stuff like this, and I told her I was glad she deleted this tweet, but this kind of stuff is just a really horrible look for you guys,” the anonymous aide wrote. She went on to describe the tweet as “whiteness manifest.”
It didn’t stop there, and the rant that followed was astonishing.
“If Kamala shrugged off a Warren critique of how she wasn’t with her on Facebook, we’d get raked and she would get lauded as taking on corporate power. the blithe mockery here of Kamala, while lauding Warren’s style, is just not up to par. I say this to you just to be super frank and because I really like your guys’ work, the platform, and your reporters. We work well together across the board, but this is a bit problematic,” the aide continued.
To give Buzzfeed some credit, Smith responded by telling the aide that the text clearly showed Harris is not ready for a real presidential campaign — something that should have already been obvious from her earlier debate performances.
“Do you seriously not have real problems?” Smith wrote in response. “This text makes me think you are totally, totally unready for an actual presidential campaign.”
Buzzfeed publicly released the texts themselves, which are no doubt topics of conversation in Harris’ camp today.
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) October 17, 2019
The texts did not inspire a whole lot of support for Harris on social media.
The “Ban Donald Trump from Twitter” gimmick is lame, lame, lame. Whoever has pushed Harris to make this a thing should be fired, stat.
— Lauren (@sequinpants) October 17, 2019
Her aide probably should’ve shrugged that one off – I do understand the need to put out fires but this was more of a cooling ember.
— RoseDuelist? (@RDuelist) October 17, 2019
Kamala is crashing and burning now…really a shame cuz she seemed like a good candidate but one misstep after another.
— Cal Bear (@CalBear949) October 17, 2019
Her campaign is deader than Biden’s at this point.
— Andrew A. Hennessy (@AndrewAQLD) October 17, 2019
She is done after @TulsiGabbard owned her record
— Martin Archie (@generalmartin) October 17, 2019
oh man the text from the Harris aide…folks, it is possible to be too focused on twitter. https://t.co/iiwpnR4M38
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) October 17, 2019
Wow, shocked to see a Kamala Harris aide policing someone’s tweets and trying to get them in trouble with their boss. https://t.co/6yiLZL18eQ
— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) October 17, 2019
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