Numerous top Kamala Harris aides resign amid ‘chaotic’ environment, infighting

According to the Washington Examiner, a number of top aides to Vice President Kamala Harris are resigning, amid reports of a “chaotic” environment in her section of the White House.

Many are wondering exactly how bad the environment in her office must be for so many staffers to be running for the exits. The Examiner’s Katherine Doyle suggests: “Harris’s own ship appears to be taking on water, and her aides are headed to the lifeboats.”

The departures

The trend began over the summer when two of the VP’s “advance” staffers decided to call it quits following Harris’ trip to Guatemala. However, the pace of resignation announcements and rumors has quickened over the past several weeks.

In mid-November, it was reported that Ashley Etienne, Harris’ communications director, submitted her letter of resignation. More recently, there were two more resignations: Peter Velz, Harris’ director of press operations, and Symone Sanders, Harris’ top adviser, and chief spokeswoman.

The departure of Sanders, in particular, has created quite the D.C. buzz. Sanders is well-known on Capitol Hill, having worked, for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and then-candidate Joe Biden shortly before joining Harris’ team.

Given Sanders’ ability and aspirations, it’s simply difficult for most to believe that she is moving on for no particular reason. However, that’s currently the narrative being pushed by Harris and the White House: that Sanders, perhaps a little burnt out, just decided that it’s time to move onto something else.

“I can’t wait to see what she will do next,” Harris said. “I know that it’s been three years jumping on and off planes going around the country … and I mean that sincerely.”

The “why?”

There are two lines of reasoning being offered for the rise in departures from Harris’ office, which includes damning insider reports and leaks, as Breitbart noted, and the other reason being the official position taken by Harris’ office and the White House.

“In my experience, and if you look at past precedent, it’s natural for staffers who have thrown their heart and soul into a job to be ready to move on to a new challenge after a few years, and that is applicable to many of these individuals. It’s also an opportunity as it is in any White House, to bring in new faces, new voices, and new perspectives,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

“This is the same story that gets played out again and again — it’s always the vague ‘staffing.’ I don’t think there are a ton of staff, present and former, that would rush to defend the way [Harris’s] office is run,” an insider source reportedly said.

Bad timing

The resignations couldn’t possibly come at a worse time for Harris and the president, as they’re both suffering in the approval rating department unlike any White House team in modern U.S. history. Additionally, polls indicate that the country is largely unhappy with its handling of a number of major issues, including the economy, and the southern U.S. border crisis.

All of that taken into consideration, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the rats are jumping ship as quickly as they can.

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