Although Vice President Kamala Harris has given relatively few interviews since being elected, she sat down for a more cordial interview last week with BET presenter Soledad O’Brien.
Many were left completely unimpressed with what Harris had to say during the friendly exchange, and according to the observation of a PJ Media writer, the interview was an example of “why she shouldn’t give interviews.”
PJ Media writer Brain Preston was highly critical of the vice president in a piece published Sunday. He focused on a particularly head-scratching segment of the interview in which Harris explained the rationale behind her opposition to voter ID laws, which was beyond ridiculous.
Kamala Harris absurdly says it’s “almost impossible” for rural Americans to photocopy their ID pic.twitter.com/J94IuGBFLv
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“There’s no Kinkos”
“I don’t think that we should underestimate what that [compromise on voter ID laws] could mean,” the vice president told O’Brien.
“Because in some people’s mind, that means you’re going to have to Xerox or photocopy your ID to send it in to prove who you are. Well, there are a whole lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t – there’s no Kinkos, there’s no OfficeMax near them.”
Harris added: “Of course people have to prove who they are, but not in a way that makes it almost impossible for them to prove who they are.”
In response, Preston wrote that while ‘[t]ere are lots of bad arguments against voter ID,” the one Harris put forward “may just be the dumbest of all of them.”
What a “ridiculous argument”
The writer noted that people in rural areas “have access to these things called ‘smartphones,’ which they can use to scan and send their IDs if they need to.”
“They also have access to these things called ‘scanners,’ ‘printers,’ and these amazing devices that can scan, print, and even digitally transmit information wirelessly,” Preston noted.
“But how would a San Francisco liberal know the first thing about what rural America is like?” Preston asked. “How would she have the first clue, since she’s had no contact with most of America and has no idea how most people live or think?”
Preston wasn’t alone in dismissing Harris’ statements. In response to Harris’ asinine, pretentious comments about rural Americans, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Sean Parnell tweeted: “No one is buying this ridiculous argument against Voter ID. The vast majority of Americans support it. Let’s get it done.”