Vice President Kamala Harris is grumbling behind the scenes about negative news coverage and low morale in the White House, where she believes she’s being treated differently due to her race and gender, according to a report.
Harris, the first woman and first person of color to hold the nation’s second-highest office, has “privately” told allies she believes she’d get better media coverage if she were white and male like her 48 predecessors, the New York Times reported Thursday.
Harris has even turned to prominent political names like Hillary Clinton — the first female Democratic presidential nominee — to determine her next moves, according to the report.
“There is a double standard; it’s sadly alive and well,” Clinton told the newspaper. “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.”
Clinton, who speaks to Harris every few months on the phone, visited the vice president in her West Wing office in November, the Times reported.
Outgoing Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said the White House should have mounted a better public defense of Harris amid criticism from conservative news outlets and others on issues like voting rights and the border crisis.
“I know, and we all knew, that she would have a difficult time because anytime you’re a ‘first,’ you do,” Bass told the Times. “And to be the first woman vice president, to be the first black, Asian woman, that’s a triple. So we knew it was going to be rough, but it has been relentless, and I think extremely unfair.”
The Times stated that Harris and President Biden have an affable relationship “by all accounts,” a contrast to a CNN report from last month that described the two as being in an “exhausted stalemate.” However, the report says the vice president’s allies are worried she’s sometimes seen as an afterthought.
“The vice president has diligently worked alongside the president coordinating with partners, allies and Democratic members of the House and Senate to advance the goals of this administration,” said Sabrina Singh, the vice president’s deputy press secretary. Harris declined multiple requests from the paper to comment.
The CNN report cited nearly three dozen insiders who said Harris felt isolated and not supported in the same way as other members of the administration.
“It’s hard to miss the specific energy that the White House brings to defend a white man, knowing that Kamala Harris has spent almost a year taking a lot of the hits that the West Wing didn’t want to take themselves,” a former Harris aide told the outlet.
The aide was referring to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who was allowed to take paternity leave during the supply chain crisis. The pair previously ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and are widely expected to run again.
“I think it’s no secret that the different things she has been asked to take on are incredibly demanding, not always well understood publicly and take a lot of work as well as a lot of skill,” Buttigieg told the Times. “You have to do everything except one thing, which is take credit.”
The most pressing and immediate challenge for Harris, however, is the upcoming midterm elections and the threat of Republicans taking back the House, Bass said. As for the question of who succeeds Biden as the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer, the lawmaker thinks Harris has a bright future despite the reports of discord at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
“I think she is the front-runner,” Bass said. “I think she’ll be the front-runner.”
15 thoughts on “Kamala Harris Says Her Race and Gender Impact Media Coverage”
Because you donot know what you are doing you are a non producer just like BD Biden. Trump did better and he was never a politician and he did a way better job than you two HACKS. Everything you and Biden touches turns to shit like you two bafoons
Agree with Streak, Two more incompetent people do not exist.
Or it could be that people just don’t like either one of you!
Yes, her race and gender do impact media coverage. They throw softballs at her and treat her with kid gloves. If she were a white male the media would eviscerate her. This woman is exactly why you do not hire someone based on race and/or gender. Always hire the most qualified person for the job. This woman is useless.
Well, wasn’t it Kamala who featured herself as one sort or another of a minority POC female during her campaigns for Prez. and later as Sleepy Joe’s VP?
And now she’s pissing and moaning because the media won’t treat her like a White man? Where does it end?
Boy,we sure do have a mess of unhinged,virtue signaling lefties in and around the government.They would be a lot happier if they would just relax and quit being so uptight.
It is not your race or gender. It is your DO NOTHING attitude and dumb as a rock mentality that has you hated by the people of America. We want the people we elect to work for the People, not for their own agenda. What you did to Texas is a crime and a sin. I don’t care about a persons ethnic background nor their gender. You could be an a rock as long as you do your job which you have not.
If she were White and male she never would have been nominated. She has been treated with kid gloves because of her two qualifications.
Why yes, she is being treated differently because of her race and gender. Specifically, she has been treated with kid gloves by an adoring lamestream media in spite of her stunningly stupid actions and statements.
Hello. splendid job. I did not expect this. This is a splendid story. Thanks!
well of course she will pull out the race and gender card, when things do not go her way, very typical of a DUFUS person. I hope it just gets worse for her and never any better, this her karma for her screwing over people back when she was willie brown’s g/f. It is all coming back on her, and I’ll bet those that she put way, are cheering everyday , when it goes bad for her. .
Typical OF DEMOCRATS ! , Play THE Race Card FOR YOUR FAILURES, FACT IS YOU AND JOE BIDEN ARE DOING A AWFUL Job Period !
Fix The Border Missy , Cut taxes, We are Not For Socialism Period ! And above all do something with your HAIR and that Fake Laugh ! I mean really
Step down and Take dementia Joe Biden with you !
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