Dems doomed? Potential Biden successor Kamala Harris’ VP term riddled with gaffes and controversies

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Vice President Kamala Harris, who has an even lower approval rating than President Joe Biden, has been floated in some circles as the successor to the president in 2024 despite a very long list of gaffes, cringe-worthy moments that seem like years, and a penchant for doing pretty much nothing while in office.

Although Biden contends he will run for the presidency in 2024, with his advanced age at 79, declining health, and plummeting approval ratings, the Democrats are desperate to find a candidate, any candidate, who can potentially be elected. Enter the vice president who is even less popular than the president and is disliked by many on both sides of the political aisle.

The Democrats are right to be concerned about Harris. While Fox news showed in a survey last month that she had a 45 percent approval rating, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll in early November scored her at an abysmal 28 percent approval rating.

CNN reported that things are not rosy in the White House either for the vice president. Reportedly, Harris’ aides somehow feel that she is thanklessly tackling tasks without White House support, while Biden’s staff have allegedly “thrown up their hands” at her “lack of focus.”

“Defenders and people who care for Harris are getting frantic,” CNN’s Edward-Isaac Dovere and Jasmine Wright reported, noting, “She’s perceived to be in such a weak position that top Democrats in and outside of Washington have begun to speculate privately, asking each other why the White House has allowed her to become so hobbled in the public consciousness, at least as they see it.”

Although Biden is notorious for his gaffes, Harris certainly has more than her fair share of them. Her inappropriate and nervous laughter, used to deflect attention away from either uninformed answers to questions or being asked about a subject, is a big problem. She has also followed Biden’s lead in walking away from reporters and not answering them at all.

During Biden’s signing ceremony of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the White House announcer allegedly skipped Harris’ turn to speak. Instead, union political activist Heather Kurtenbach was introduced as Harris stood awkwardly at the podium.

Then there was her France visit in November where she suddenly acquired a fake French accent while speaking with scientists about COVID.

Just a week before she stepped in that mess, Harris was crowing over “great wins” for Democrats in deep-blue New York City and New Jersey, following a humiliating defeat for Democrat Terry McAuliffe by Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin in Virginia.

One of the worst gaffes for Harris came in October with her NASA space-themed video entitled, “Get Curious with Vice President Harris.” Child actors were hired for the video and many felt the vice president’s appearance in it was stilted and very hard to watch.

Harris stirred up accusations of anti-Semitism in September when she was seen nodding along while a student accused Israel of “ethnic genocide.” She made it even worse by stating that the student’s “truth should not be suppressed” during an event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Preceding that boondoggle, Harris had compared Custom and Border Protection agents on horseback working to block Haitian migrants from crossing the border to the treatment of slaves and Indigenous Americans.

Harris also came to the rescue of beleaguered California Governor Gavin Newsom during his recall in September. But she did so as many, many Americans were left stranded in Afghanistan behind enemy lines by the Biden administration.

Some of her gaffes are not only offensive but border on ridiculous. In July, she slammed voter ID law, claiming that rural Americans couldn’t get photocopies of their IDs because “there’s no Kinkos” or “OfficeMax near them.”

In July, she also said that Democrats who fled the state of Texas to avoid voting on new election legislation were “in line” with the legacy of Frederick Douglass and the Selma marchers.

She also dismissed and laughed off a question from NBC News’ Lester Holt in June asking why she had yet to visit the southern border as border czar.

“And I haven’t been to Europe,” Harris quipped. “And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”

The vice president didn’t visit the border for almost 100 days following her appointment by Biden as border czar. She finally went to El Paso, Texas in June to show she had gone there but in reality, it was pretty much just a photo-op.

Harris was also blasted in March for not addressing multiple sexual harassment charges against now-former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Right out of the gate, when Harris entered office, she was also grilled on the Minnesota Freedom Fund. A man bailed out by the fund twice wound up getting arrested again. And then in August, another man who was bailed out by the fund following domestic assault charges was charged with murder.

With all of that, it is still only Harris’ first year as vice president and a lot more could happen between now and 2024.


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