The Biden administration is being mocked for leading a desperate attempt to voice support for Kamala Harris with a series of tweets promoting her ‘vital’ work, even as her approval ratings continue to plummet and reports have surfaced indicating the White House is trying to distance itself from the unpopular Vice President.
The urgency in playing defense for Harris seems to be an acknowledgment that she is currently experiencing some very serious public perception issues.
A USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll released just last week shows Harris with a mere 28% approval rating, and 51% disapproving of her performance since taking office, putting her 23 percentage points underwater.
Survivors of the Titanic think that is ridiculous.
Making matters worse is a CNN report that ran Sunday which gleaned information from interviews with nearly three dozen officials and aides with inside knowledge indicating the President’s team and Harris’s team are completely dysfunctional and distancing themselves from each other.
Joe Biden’s approval rating is 38% and Kamala Harris’s approval rating is 28% according to a new USA Today poll. That’s the lowest combo approval ratings for a president and vice president in most of our lives. https://t.co/CGTgcEPosC
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 7, 2021
Kamala Harris’ Team Not Happy
The CNN report shows President Biden’s team trying desperately to stay away from Kamala’s toxic poll numbers behind the scenes.
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The news network indicates the Biden administration is frustrated by Harris’ appalling poll numbers, disturbed by her “awkward” laugh when discussing serious matters, and even hinting that the President is considering nominating her to the Supreme Court to make room for a new Vice President.
Defenders of the VP, according to CNN, have had to “bat down the Aaron Sorkin-style rumor that Biden might try to replace her by nominating her to a Supreme Court vacancy,” a discussion that “has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit.”
The first paragraph of the peace is remarkable coming from a pro-Biden/Harris network the likes of CNN:
Worn out by what they see as entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their hands at Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff — deciding there simply isn’t time to deal with them right now, especially at a moment when President Joe Biden faces quickly multiplying legislative and political concerns.
Kamala Harris has been an empty suit since her first elected position as District Attorney in San Francisco — always eyes on the next gig, shallow glad-handing, never “present,” to use a current term. She’s arudderless, phony dirigible of a VP. https://t.co/fUa5UzgBQP
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) November 15, 2021
CNN also notes that Harris’ awkward behavior has become an issue with the White House.
“Biden’s team was annoyed that Harris fumbled answers about the border, including when she gave an awkward, laughing response about not visiting it during a spring interview with NBC’s Lester Holt,” they write.
The point that he is trying to make about the border is that YOU ARE THE BORDER CZAR!
It’s amazing to see such a flippant attitude from our @VP.
“I haven’t been to Europe either.” she retorts like a petulant child.
I can’t believe this woman is making me defend Lester Holt! pic.twitter.com/HYPEOywJw6
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) June 8, 2021
For their part, the team defending Vice President Kamala Harris believes the White House has “repeatedly failed her and left her exposed.”
One former aide told CNN that others have criticized Biden’s team for protecting Pete Buttigieg from criticism more than they do his Veep.
“It’s hard to miss the specific energy that the White House brings to defend a White man, knowing that Kamala Harris has spent almost a year taking a lot of the hits that the West Wing didn’t want to take themselves,” the aide explained.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 15, 2021
White House Mocked For Defending Kamala
In what was a widely mocked move, multiple members of the administration took to social media following the CNN report attempting to express support for Kamala Harris publicly.
Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh tweeted that she is “honored” to work with Harris as the Vice President is “delivering results for the American people.”
— Sabrina Singh (@SabrinaSingh46) November 14, 2021
Assistant Press Secretary Rachel Palermo added that she was “proud” to work with Kamala.
— Rachel Palermo (@RachelPalermo46) November 14, 2021
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s message on Twitter was mocked for a variety of reasons, not the least of which seems to be a backhanded way of reminding people of Kamala’s incompetence.
“For anyone who needs to hear it. @VP is not only a vital partner to @POTUS but a bold leader who has taken on key, important challenges facing the country—from voting rights to addressing root causes of migration to expanding broadband,” she wrote.
A ‘bold leader’ who has taken on and delivered the worst humanitarian crisis this generation has ever seen at the United States border?
For anyone who needs to hear it. @VP is not only a vital partner to @POTUS but a bold leader who has taken on key, important challenges facing the country—from voting rights to addressing root causes of migration to expanding broadband.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) November 15, 2021
Psaki’s tweet didn’t do much to dissuade the critics.
Radio host Erick Erickson hinted that Psaki may have intentionally been taking a swipe at Harris.
“This is such a Queen move,” he wrote. “You list the three things the Administration is failing out badly to claim Kamala is vital. Oof.”
This is such a Queen move. You list the three things the Administration is failing out badly to claim Kamala is vital. Oof. https://t.co/H7PsjTR6hf
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 15, 2021
Other social media users were quick to point out the ploy behind Psaki and the White House’s efforts to do damage control on the dysfunctional relationship between Harris and Biden.
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) November 15, 2021
My 2 cents as a comms person: Psaki knows EXACTLY how her Tweet about Kamala Harris comes across. The Biden Admin is trying to use Kamala as a scapegoat for all their failures. They’re planting negative stories about her. I don’t pity her obviously, but it is pathetic of Biden.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) November 15, 2021
WOW — the White House is so rattled by reporting on dysfunction between Biden and Harris they’re putting out defensive statements.
Love that Psaki is touting Kamala’s leadership on “root causes of immigration,” an effort that has become a punchline as the border collapsed. https://t.co/GElM0D69og
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) November 15, 2021
The imploding poll numbers for Biden and Harris seem to be dragging down the entire Democrat party with them.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released on the same day CNN was exposing the inner working of the White House and the administration was rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, indicates the GOP has the largest lead in the generic congressional ballot they have had since 1981.
“As things stand, if the midterm elections were today, 51 percent of registered voters say they’d support the Republican candidate in their congressional district, 41 percent the Democrat,” reads a press release from the research firm that conducted the poll.
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