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“A Whisper Campaign Designed To Sabotage” Kamala Harris Biden’s Senior Adviser Says Of Leaks That Show VP Not Up To Job

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Kamala Harris is having a terrible week and it somehow just got worse. The leaks coming out of her dysfunctional office are starting to get serious and her bungling of the border including the disastrous press conference she held at the airport only made it worse. Team Biden is trying to do damage control but according to a new report by Axios, some Dems are souring on Kamala as a candidate for 2024 (Biden will be 81) believing she is not up to the task.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said: “The President’s trust and confidence in her is obvious when you see them in the Oval Office together. She’s off to the fastest and strongest start of any Vice President I have seen,her talents and determination have made a huge difference” already.

“She’s delivering for the American people on immigration, small business, voting rights, and economic growth. The results speak for themselves: a decline of border arrivals from the Northern Triangle, improved vaccine equity, and increased economic opportunities for women.”

Biden senior adviser Cedric Richmond however was not so sure and said of the leaks against Kamala: “It’s a whisper campaign designed to sabotage her.

“You can’t hold the vice president’s team to that standard. But I think they’re good, I think they’re busting their tails and I think the VP is executing all her assignments and taking on her issues.

“At some point it just becomes, one person says something long enough and it becomes an urban legend. It doesn’t have to be credible. It doesn’t have to be real. Someone says something and it can just snowball.

“Not one named person. That’s what bothers me most. We’re in a day where the stakes are high. You’d just hope if there’s a legitimate criticism they’d put their name next to it.”

But according to the new report, the tension is building and Kamala Harris and her staff may not be up for the job.

From Axios:

Some White House officials have been frustrated by a series of missteps from Harris and increasingly public bickering in her orbit, which spilled out in a Politico story on Wednesday. Flournoy’s old boss, former President Bill Clinton, came to her defense with a statement calling her “an extraordinary person.”

Why it matters: 2024 is the elephant in the room. While Biden aides overwhelmingly believe he’ll be the Democratic nominee, they also know he’d be 81 when seeking re-election.

An operation sometimes visibly out of sync with Biden’s — and missteps during a recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, following a scrutinized interview with NBC’s Lester Holt — have reignited questions from Harris’ 2020 primary bid.

Harris would be the presumptive nominee if Biden didn’t run. Administration sources believe it would be nearly impossible to unseat the first African American woman vice president.

Yet many Democrats, including some current senior administration officials, are concerned she could not defeat whomever the Republican Party puts up — even if it were Donald Trump.

One Democratic operative tells Axios’ Alayna Treene that most Democrats aren’t saying, “‘Oh, no, our heir apparent is f***ing up, what are we gonna do?’ It’s more that people think, ‘Oh, she’s f***ing up, maybe she shouldn’t be the heir apparent.’”

Some Democrats close to the White House are increasingly concerned about Harris’s handling of high-profile issues and political tone deafness, and question her ability to maintain the coalition that Biden rode to the White House, sources tell Axios’ Hans Nichols.

What we’re hearing: Relations between the West Wing and the Vice President’s office are tense.

Several administration officials used “shitshow” when describing Harris’ office, and contrast her operation with disciplined, virtually leakproof Biden aides.

Some Biden officials view the Harris operation as poorly-managed and staffed with people who don’t have long-term relationships with her. They feel she’s gotten bad advice from her press and communications shop and think it’s telling that she’s already lost two advance aides and a digital director.