Kamala Harris’s chief of staff Tina Flournoy will become the latest aide to leave the vice president’s office, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
Flournoy is the 12th—and the highest-ranking—Harris adviser to walk away from the White House, following the vice president’s deputy chief of staff, national security adviser, and communications director, among others.
Former staffers describe working for Harris as so “toxic” and “abusive” that they are “terrified at the thought of her becoming president,” the Washington Free Beacon reported last year.
The staffers described the vice president to Politico as “an unpredictable boss who would unleash ‘a lot of verbal abuse’ upon staffers who failed to fulfill her erratic demands, or even for handing her the wrong type of pen.”
Harris, whom the media celebrated for making history as the first female and first black vice president, is facing historically low poll numbers even in her home state, deep-blue California. A poll this month found that just 35 percent of Golden State voters approve of her performance, compared with 45 percent who disapprove. Multiple polls have found that Americans view former president Donald Trump more favorably than Harris.
Harris’s record-setting unpopularity has left Democrats scrambling on what to do about a woman who is “a heartbeat away from the presidency.” President Joe Biden is 79 years old.