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A former spokesman for President George W. Bush waved off the significance of Joe Biden’s selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris, saying he didn’t believe the pick is “historically exciting” to the African-American community.
In an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Tuesday hours after the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee announced his selection of Harris — the first black and Asian-American woman to appear on a major party ticket — Ari Fleischer noted that during the primaries, the California Democrat failed to excite a broad base of voters, including African-Americans.
“The real brutal result came at the hands of primary voters who really rejected her everywhere she ran,” Fleischer began. “She really found no constituency, no base. She wasn’t exciting to anybody.”
(Source: Fox News)
“Frankly, when I watch her, when I listen to her, she just comes across so fake,” Fleischer continued. “Almost everything she does is so calculated and fake. Remember her attack on Joe Biden for Biden being so segregationist? She made it so personal about her as a little girl.
“Either she was faking the attack on Biden or faking her support for Biden now, it can’t be both, otherwise you would’ve served someone you thought was a segregationist I wanted to keep you at home and off a bus,” Fleischer added.
“So much she has done is fakery, being an empty suit with two left sleeves, and I don’t think this is a pick that will go over well in the long term.”
Ingraham noted that several high-dollar firms and power players on Wall Street were thrilled that Biden picked Harris, but Fleischer wasn’t impressed, noting “that little island of Manhattan where I was born votes 85-15 Democrat.”
The former Bush spokesman also noted that Wall Street, over the past couple of decades, has come to be dominated by Democrats, which he says is becoming the “party of the rich” while the GOP is “becoming the party of the working class blue-collar people, especially under Donald Trump.”
Fleischer then predicted that picking Harris won’t energize black voters the way the Biden campaign believes it will.
(Source: “The Ingraham Angle“)
“I think two political things are going to happen now that Harris is named. One, this race is going to tighten up even more. The reason is because Biden naming her reminds people that Biden exists. He is so much better off hiding in his bunker and not making any news that he is making news,” Fleischer said.
“Secondly, I just question whether or not this is going to boost African-American turnout at all. I don’t think it will,” he added. “She’s just not that historically exciting to African-Americans, she certainly wasn’t during the primary. And that was one of the biggest reasons Biden picked her in order to win. I don’t see it.”
The former Bush White House spokesman isn’t alone in his view that Harris won’t generate much enthusiasm from black voters.
In a December column, Ricky L. Jones, chairman of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, noted that blacks didn’t trust Harris.
“While some members of the self-involved black bourgeoisie nauseatingly praised her, younger blacks and black progressives were taking deeper, dispassionate dives into Harris’ real-world record. They didn’t like what they found,” he wrote.
“In the end, Kamala Harris left the race largely because she couldn’t secure the critical black support any black presidential candidate must have. Contrary to arguments centering on pragmatism, most black folk didn’t reject her because they thought she couldn’t win. They didn’t support her because they didn’t trust her. And they were wise not to,” he added.
“Her message failed to resonate particularly with Black voters, said Nadia Brown, a professor at Purdue University who studies Black women in politics,” The Lily noted Tuesday following the Biden campaign’s announcement. “Before she dropped out, she consistently polled third or fourth among Black voters, behind Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and sometimes Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).”
And in late July, The Amazing Lucas panned Harris as Biden’s VP choice, claiming that President Donald Trump would win hands-down if he did.
“Kamala Harris is less likable than the coronavirus,” Lucas noted after featuring a clip of the president praising Harris as a potential vice president, in which he claims Trump was trolling the Biden camp.
“If you pick Kamala Harris, what you have just related to me is that, not only do you not like black people, it’s that you are anti-black,” Lucas — who is black — says.
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