Kamala Harris May Actually Help Biden’s 2024 Campaign – Vice President Kamala Harris has broken convention with her repeated public criticism of her Republican opponents.
It may come as no surprise that the first female, African American and Asian-American vice president has played a noticeably different role compared to her predecessors. Presidents have historically preferred their subordinates to take a backseat role during their tenure, particularly with an election year on the horizon.
But the VP has bigger plans – and the GOP won’t like them one bit. Kamala Harris, however, has sought to rally supporters against Republican stances on abortion, race equality and LGBT rights, to name a few.
Despite her lack of popularity in the nationwide polls, Kamala Harris remains popular among 75% of those who voted Democrat in 2020, which she is using to her advantage.
Kamala Harris: The Fight Goes On
Vice President Harris’ maiden steps into the national limelight proved troublesome. She failed to attract attention to her successes, and any mishaps were quickly picked up by the conservative media outlets.
Mrs. Harris’ race – while a target for the far-right – has helped boost support for the Biden administration. She’s more popular than her superior among Black Americans, providing hope for the Biden campaign in deterring voters away from third-party candidates like Cornel West.
“Some Republican leaders are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women. How dare they? How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body?” said Harris at an EMILY’s list conference earlier this year. How dare they try to stop her from determining her own future? How dare they try to deny women their rights and their freedoms?” she added.
It’s not just abortion that the Vice President has been vocal on.
She slammed Republican lawmakers in Tennessee over their expulsion of two African American representatives in April, and has criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over his changes to the state curriculum over slavery.
The MAGA Battle
If the polls are to be believed, Biden/Harris will face off against Donald Trump and his yet-to-be-announced running mate in 2024.
The four-times indicted former president will be an easy target for Harris, who held a prominent role on the Senate Judiciary Committee and was once attorney general for California.
Battling a man who has been charged with attempts to subvert democracy in the year of a democratic election could work well in the fight against the right, something she has already acknowledged.
“When a democracy is intact, it strengthens the people. It protects and fights for fundamental freedoms, individual rights. It’s a fight for order against chaos. It strengthens,” she told Al Sharpton in an MSNBC interview. “On the other hand, democracy, incredibly fragile. It will only be as strong as our willingness to fight for it.”
She pressed on, arguing that “there are many forces that are attempting to purposely, I believe, weaken our democracy, purposely attempting to erode a sense of pride in the fact that we, as the United States, have held ourselves out and have been considered to be one of the strongest democracies in the world.”
Despite her shaky start, an experienced prosecutor may prove to be indispensable for Joe Biden, allowing him to focus on policy while Harris tears apart Trump’s cries of a politically motivated criminal investigation. In such a close head-to-head battle, the Vice President could prove key in securing a second term for the President.
Shay Bottomley is a British journalist based in Canada. He has written for the Western Standard, Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express, Windsor Express, Berkshire Live and Southend Echo, and has covered notable events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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