An awkward exchange between two high-profile Democrats was just caught on tape.
According to Breitbart, video surfaced this week showing California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) — Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden’s running mate — turning down a hug from her senior colleague, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
“I want you to live a long life”
The incident occurred Friday, when the two California lawmakers were attending a memorial service being held for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to Breitbart. Ginsburg died last week at the age of 87, NPR reported.
At the service, Feinstein was caught on camera moving in for a hug with Sen. Harris. But the vice presidential hopeful stopped Feinstein in her tracks.
“We can’t do that,” Harris, shaking her head, told Feinstein, according to Breitbart. “I want you to live a long life,” Harris added to her 87-year-old colleague.
The remark apparently came in reference to social distancing recommendations put forth to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Both women were seen wearing masks in the clip, which was posted to Twitter by Fox News’ Kelly Phares and shared by Breitbart.
Take a look:
a candid sign of the times… Sen. Dianne Feinstein went to console fellow CA Sen Kamala Harris w/ a hug following Justice Ginsburg’s memorial service this morning
Harris says “we can’t do that. I want you to live a long life” pic.twitter.com/Lon6tdHoUF
— Kelly Phares (@kellyfphares) September 25, 2020
“She can’t pull this off”
As Breitbart noted, Feinstein is the oldest member of the Senate at 87. But being snubbed by Harris is just the latest reason her age has made its way into headlines.
According to a Politico report cited by Breitbart, some have also expressed concern that Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, isn’t up to the task of grilling President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Ginsburg. “She’s not sure what she’s doing,” one Senate Dem allegedly told Politico.
Another opined: “She can’t pull this off.”
Feinstein, for her part, told Politico that she’s shocked to hear some of her colleagues feel this way. “I’m really surprised and taken aback by this. Because I try to be very careful, and I’m puzzled by it,” she said. “My attendance is good, I do the homework, I try to ask hard questions. I stand up for what I believe in.”