Vice President Kamala Harris has faced frequent criticism for her statements and behavior since entering office, with some White House insiders said to be skeptical about her ability to take over for President Joe Biden if called upon to do so.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) spoke for many of those critics recently when he said Harris “looks like a fool more than a vice president about half the time.”
“If she even knows where the island is”
Harris has repeatedly attacked opprobrium over her public remarks, most recently when she claimed that many voters in rural America cannot access photocopiers.
During a recent interview with BET, Harris sought to defend her party’s opposition to voter identification requirements by saying that there is not an office supply store near many Americans.
She appeared to stretch the limits of the tenuous claim that voter ID laws present an insurmountable obstacle for many Americans, particularly minorities, with her argument. In response, Gingrich alleged that some Black leaders were “insulted” by the notion that they are “too dumb” to follow simple election laws.
With polls showing a majority of Americans actually support voter ID regulations, many Democrats are beginning to abandon their hostility toward such requirements. Harris and Biden, on the other hand, remain vocal opponents.
Gingrich touched on a number of other topics in his recent remarks, explaining that he “can’t wait” to hear the vice president’s take on the current unrest in Cuba, “if she even knows where the island is.”
A growing list of controversial remarks
Her recent remark about photocopy machines is just the latest in a growing list of controversial remarks.
She received fierce opprobrium following an interview that overshadowed her recent trip to Latin America, dismissing criticism of her reluctance to visit the U.S.-Mexico border by quipping that she had not been to Europe as vice president, either.
Harris also did herself no favors when she attempted to downplay and even deny the existence of an immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border.
On top of her public behavior, new allegations describe a dysfunctional work environment within her office.
At some point, it seems appropriate to wonder if there is anyone not on her payroll who still believes she is doing a good job.