In response to a New York Times report where several Democrats, most of them anonymous, criticize Vice President Kamala Harris’ performance so far, several of her allies rallied around, defending her.
According to the New York Times report, “dozens of Democrats in the White House, on Capitol Hill and around the nation — including some who helped put her on the party’s 2020 ticket — said she had not risen to the challenge of proving herself as a future leader of the party, much less the country.”
The story also included a quote from Democratic fundraiser John Morgan, that suggested that the Vice President’s readiness to serve as president would be a major attack line against President Joe Biden in the 2024 election cycle. “I can’t think of one thing she’s done except stay out of the way and stand beside him at certain ceremonies.”
According to the report, even the handful of Democrats who were apparently supporters of Harris, have seemed to have lost hope in her, while others deem her as a major liability for the Democratic party for 2024.
Harris has been faced with similar critical news stories throughout her first two years in the office as Vice President that include reports focused on her trouble handling complex situations, internal dysfunction within the office along with frequent staff turnover.
In response to the latest criticism, several of Harris’ allies including her press secretary Kristen Allen, former press secretary Symone Sanders and California Rep. Robert Garcia took to social media to defend the Vice President.
“There’s no shortage of people willing to throw shade anonymously and seemingly no shortage of publications willing to write it up and recycle beltway gossip. “Those still questioning the VP’s role and impact are choosing not to see what is right in front of them,” wrote Kristen Allen in a recent Tweet.
Allen also linked several articles highlighting the Vice President’s work in the past year, including accounts of how she led outreach over abortion access after Roe v. Wade was overturned and helped uplift the Biden agenda throughout the country and abroad.
Former press secretary Symone Sanders who currently hosts a show on MSNBC indicated that Kamala Harris is up against a new set of challenges being a “historic 1st” with “historic outside expectations, but works within the reality of the vice presidency.”
She further argued saying, “I think people should just be honest and say they have chosen not to follow her work closely.”
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