Kamala Harris Tells Democrats She Is Not Being ‘Set Up To Fail’
Vice President Kamala Harris stated on Sunday that she does not believe she is being “set up to fail” as fellow Democrats complain that she has been given an impossible portfolio by President Biden during their first year in office.
During a pre-recorded interview on “Face the Nation,” Harris was asked to comment on criticism among Democrats that she is being assigned a portfolio designed to work against her.
“No, I don’t believe I’m being set up to fail,” Harris countered.
“I’m the Vice President of the United States,” she continued. “Anything that I handle is because it’s a tough issue, and it couldn’t be handled at some other level. And there are a lot of big, tough issues that need to be addressed, and it has actually been part of my lifelong career to deal with tough issues and this is no different.”
Harris declined to say whether she believed the scrutiny was because she’s a Black woman.
“I’ll leave that for others to deal with,” she said. “I have a job to do, and I’m going to get that job done.”
Harris’s defenders have slammed Biden for putting her in charge of apparently unsolvable issues such as the border crisis. CNN commentator and former Rep. Bakari Sellers said, “Her portfolio is trash. You give someone a portfolio that is not meant for them to succeed.”
A recent staff upheaval in Harris’s office has also added to reports of a toxic work environment that has haunted her since she took office.
One former staffer who worked for Harris before she was vice president claimed that Harris is a “bully” who puts her employees through “a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism.”
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” one person when has personal knowledge of how Harris’ office is run said in June. “It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s—.”
Harris’s communications director, Ashley Etienne, and senior adviser to the vice president and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders recently handed in their resignations, while several other key members in Harris’ office are “eyeing the exits.”
The White House has downplayed the departures, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying it is “natural” for staffers to be ready to “move on.”