After an invite to interview on “Good Morning America,” Vice President Kamala Harris was asked to try and defend against the recent series of accusations that Old Uncle Joe and his administration are entirely responsible for her falling poll numbers.
“Vice presidents always face chatter about their role and their relevance. You’re no exception to that. Even your close friends and allies like the lieutenant governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis, have expressed some frustration because they think you can be more helpful than you’ve been asked to be. Do you share that frustration? What do you say to your friends who are frustrated?” questioned co-host George Stephanopoulos of the vice president.
“This was a good week, and this week, when we got this Bipartisan Infrastructure Act passed and signed by the president, makes a statement about all of the hard work that has gone into it, month after month after month. I’ve traveled around the country, as has the president,” replied the VP. “We have convened members of Congress, we have convened people around our nation, asking, ‘what do you want?’ And this is a response to what they want. And it’s actually going to hit the ground in a way that is going to have direct impact on the American people. We’re getting things done, and we’re doing it together.”
The host then put forth a follow-up question by asking if Harris if she felt “misused or underused.”
“No,” replied the Vice-President. “I don’t. I’m very, very excited about the work that we have accomplished. But I am also absolutely, absolutely clear-eyed that there is a lot more to do, and we’re gonna get it done.”
Harris is trying to defend herself just days after a horrendous report came to light from CNN in which it was insinuated that Old Uncle Joe had set Harris up for failure by giving her only extremely hard assignment such as the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border:
Harris’ team was mad Biden had assigned her to handle diplomatic relations with the Northern Triangle nations, in hopes of addressing the root causes of migration to the US, but gave her no role on the southern border itself. That become the most visible crisis in the early days of Biden’s presidency as unaccompanied minors overwhelmed federal government resources. It seemed like an all-around politically losing assignment even though Biden had seen it as a sign of respect because it was the same job Obama had given him as vice president.
As CNN has previously reported, Harris herself has said she didn’t want to be assigned to manage the border, aware that it was a no-win political situation that would only sandbag her in the future. But 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.
As some around Harris see it, the White House failed to come to her defense.
The CNN report also went on to claim that Harris, who is sporting a terrible 28% approval rating in a recent poll, had been complaining that she was not receiving the support she needed to do an adequate job.