Vice President Kamala Harris just blamed her lack of favorable news coverage on, get this, racism.
The New York Times reports Harris as expressing to her allies her belief that she would be getting much more favorable media coverage if she were a white man.
Can’t say we didn’t see this coming
The sources that the Times cited for its report have been kept anonymous.
But, the outlet writes:
Ms. Harris has privately told her allies that the news coverage of her would be different if she were any of her 48 predecessors, all of whom were white and male. She also has confided in them about the difficulties she is facing with the intractable issues in her portfolio, such as voting rights and the root causes of migration.
The Times also reveals that Harris has turned to failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for advice. The two, apparently, speak by phone every few months, and there have also been in-person visits.
Clinton, of course, is well-known for also complaining about perceived unjust treatment for herself because she is a woman.
“There is a double standard; it’s sadly alive and well,” Clinton is reported by the Times as saying. “A lot of what is being used to judge her, just like it was to judge me, or the women who ran in 2020, or everybody else, is really colored by that.”
The Times in other parts of the article cites allies who are sympathetic with Harris’s read of the situation, that sexism and racism are her real problem.
For those of us who don’t spend our lives obsessed with skin color and a person’s sex, Harris’s explanation of her failure as vice president is perplexing. The simple fact is that Harris has failed to accomplish anything thus far.
She was put in charge by the White House of the southern border crisis, and rather than address that she changed her task to addressing the “root causes” of the crisis, while ignoring the crisis itself. And, it is a similar story with everything issue Harris has touched: remember her bragging about being a major part of the decision to pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan. That turned out so well.
On top of this, we have all seen the insider stories of dysfunction in Harris’s office. And, it appears that many of the departures from Harris’s office, at least in part, stem from this dysfunction.
But, none of this should really come as a surprise. These aren’t new traits for Harris, and it’s likely the reason she had to drop out of the running in 2020 due to a lack of support. The simple fact is that Harris problems don’t stem from racism or sexism, but from Harris.