Vice President Kamala Harris voiced her opinion that she endures more media scrutiny than her predecessors in a recent interview with Politico.
When quizzed on the matter she replied: “I think that that is the case. … It’s what it is. I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘Oh, you know, it’s not fair,’ because, you know, I am not new to these things,” Harris stated in response to a query regarding whether she faces more media scrutiny than her predecessors as Vice President
The interview, published by Politico Playbook, also noted the unusual level of criticism directed towards Vice President Harris during the current administration. The authors wrote, “Since the beginning of the administration, Republicans have slammed the VP — a San Francisco Democrat who is also a woman of color, the daughter of immigrants, etc. — as a way to hurt the administration, something that hasn’t typically happened with other White House No. 2s.”
However, conservatives were quick to counter this claim, highlighting that previous vice presidents, including Mike Pence, Dick Cheney, Dan Quayle, Joe Biden, and Al Gore, all faced criticism and ridicule from the opposing party during their tenure.
Kamala Harris In Trouble
Harris’ complaints come amid growing speculation about her role on President Joe Biden’s reelection ticket, with some suggesting that her presence could be detrimental to his chances in 2024.
According to Rasmussen Reports, when likely voters were asked whether Kamala Harris was performing better or worse than previous vice presidents, the results were strikingly unfavorable.
A significant 50% of respondents deemed her performance worse, while only 22% saw an improvement, and 24% perceived no difference.
These opinions hold significance as they might influence Biden’s reelection prospects.
The survey also inquired whether Harris was aiding or harming Biden’s chances, and a notable margin of 33% to 22% indicated that her presence was more damaging than beneficial. Equally significant is the fact that 41% believed Harris’s influence was negligible.
In the midst of these findings, George Skelton, a seasoned political columnist for the Los Angeles Times, suggested a solution to Biden’s potential conundrum. Skelton proposed that Biden replace Harris and offer her a path back to California, where she could potentially take the seat of Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Skelton claims Harris’s association could be hampering Biden’s chances at a second term.
He articulated, “Biden’s problem is Harris. She’s a burden — a drag on his reelection prospects.”
This idea of replacement isn’t new; even Democratic pollster John Zogby has floated the same notion in a recent podcast. However, despite these suggestions gaining traction, Biden has demonstrated no intentions of altering his choice. A recent memo to supporters reinforced his commitment to Harris, claiming that her selection was “one of the best decisions I made” and that she remains “the perfect choice.”
Despite Biden’s unwavering stance, the survey results from Rasmussen indicate that Kamala Harris’s popularity among voters remains in murky waters.
The poll revealed that only 42% hold a favorable view of the vice president, while a more significant 53% have an unfavorable opinion.
Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.
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