Although Americans are struggling with rising prices and shortages of consumers goods, among other serious issues, recent comments by Vice President Kamala Harris suggest that she is focused on other priorities.
In a bizarre move, Harris recently asked NASA officials if they are able to link the number of trees in a given neighborhood to its racial composition, Breitbart reports.
According to the outlet, Harris issued the request during a visit last Friday to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The vice president, who serves as chair of the National Space Council, said at the time, “I truly believe space activity is climate action.”
Breitbart noted that a clip originally shared by the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) deputy director of rapid response showed Harris at one point interrupting a presentation to bring up race.
“Can you measure trees — part of that data that you are referring to, [and it’s an issue of] EJ, environmental justice — that you can also track by race their averages in terms of the number of trees in the neighborhoods where people live?” she asked.
NEW – Kamala Harris asks NASA if they are able to “track trees” by race as part of “environmental justice.”pic.twitter.com/zFMayeTbhJ
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) November 6, 2021
Leon Benjamin, a Republican candidate running in Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District, said Harris’ remarks came off like satire.
“I thought this was a Babylon Bee headline, turns out it’s our totally serious Vice President,” Leon tweeted, adding, “Glad she has her priorities straight.”
Conservative writer and commentator Chad Felix Greene spoke up, attempting to offer insight into the vice president’s thought process. “For the confused, the CRT argument here is that urban centers have less trees and are warmer than less urban areas, which the left translates into privilege,” Greene wrote in a tweet.
“White people have the ‘privilege’ of more trees, cooler temps and cleaner air,” Greene explained. “Wala. Environmental Justice.”
Although Harris appears to have taken a keen interest in how NASA can advance an agenda of “environmental justice,” she seems less concerned with her assignment to secure the southern U.S. border. Fox News reported last month that the number of incoming illegal migrants has reached its highest level since 1986.