President Joe Biden’s public appearances have become increasingly marked by his propensity for making verbal gaffes and rhetorical missteps.
That was evidenced again this week during a speech when he made a comment about Vice President Kamala Harris and her efforts to address “maternal morality.” According to RedState, Biden’s words may have meant far more than he intended.
The incident came during a bill signing ceremony on Tuesday that Breitbart News’ White House correspondent Charlie Spiering said began 40 minutes late.
More Biden confusion
At one point, Biden addressed an initiative that Harris has undertaken to address high rates of “maternal morality,” particularly in the African American community.
“For many years, Vice President Harris has led the fight to address the tragedy of maternal morality — maternal mortality in our nation,” Biden said. The slip-up did not go unnoticed by RedState columnist Nick Arama.
“Whoops. I have to say when I saw that, I couldn’t help but have immediate thoughts about Harris’ background and how she acquired power because of her relationship with Willie Brown, Arama wrote. “Perhaps that was a Freudian slip on the part of Biden if he had those same thoughts,” he continued.
“Or perhaps it’s a troll, as some speculated happened at the infrastructure bill signing event where Harris earned the nickname of ‘Heather Kurtenbach’ after she was mistakenly announced with that name.”
Arma was referring to a mix-up last month in which the White House announcer appeared to skip over Harris and instead introduced an organized labor activist named Heather Kurtenbach.
However, Arama ultimately concluded that “given Biden’s issues,” his comment about the vice president “probably just one more of his gaffes.”
The Willie Brown connection
While she has rarely spoken about it, Harris got her start in California politics with help from former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, a politician she once dated while he was estranged from his wife.
Brown addressed their relationship in a 2019 column for the San Francisco Chronicle, saying, “Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.”
“And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco,” Brown added at the time. “I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.”