The rumors about Kamala Harris being unfit to be Vice President are swirling around Washington DC and a new book will not put them to rest. New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns’ new book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future, reveals the tensions between team Kamala and team Joe for the first time.
The book shows Kamala furious with snubs, perceived or real, by team Biden and even by Vogue magazine. And Kamala complained about these snubs early and often.
“Some of Harris’s advisers believed the president’s almost entirely white inner circle did not show the vice president the respect she deserved,” Martin and Burns wrote. “Harris worried that Biden’s staff looked down on her; she fixated on real and perceived snubs in ways the West Wing found tedious.”
They write that Harris even sent her chief of staff to talk to top Biden adviser Anita Dunn to tell Joe’s team that Kamala was mad that White House staff was not standing up for her when she entered the room the way they did for Biden. “The vice president took it as a sign of disrespect.”
Dunn said she wasn’t “going to comment except to say that everyone in the West Wing has a high degree of respect for the Vice President and the hard work she is doing for this President and our country. Particularly me.”
Kamala was also mad over a Vogue cover photo that featured her in Converse sneakers and skinny pants because it was “an approachable but less than grand depiction of the incoming vice president.”
Harris wanted a different photo for the cover. A more professional one in her mind.
“Harris was wounded. She felt belittled by the magazine, asking aides: Would Vogue depict another world leader this way?” they wrote.
The authors claim Harris was not happy being named border czar and ran from the title trying to focus on Central America instead.
During an April meeting with Congressional Black Caucus leaders Biden praised Harris and said she would do ‘a hell of a job’ handling immigration. The authors wrote:
“The vice president corrected him at once. Excuse me, it’s the Northern Triangle — not immigration.’’
The authors continue:
“Staff floated the possibility of the vice president overseeing relations with the Nordic countries — a low-risk diplomatic assignment that might have helped Harris get adjusted to the international stage in welcoming venues like Oslo and Copenhagen,” the authors wrote.
From The New York Post:
The hubbub over the pic reportedly surprised President-elect Joe Biden’s team, according to the book, written by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.
Tina Flournoy, who would become Harris’ chief of state, reached out to the Biden campaign about the perceived slight and was caught “off-guard by the anger in Harris’ circle,” Politico reported.
The Biden adviser allegedly told Flournoy that “this was not the time to be going to war with Vogue over a comparatively trivial aesthetic issue,” the book said, according to Politico.
“Tina, the adviser said, these are first-world problems,” the excerpt stated.
The book excerpts also show early tension between Biden’s and Harris’ offices in the early days of the administration.
WE HEAR YA, JILL: New Book Reveals First Lady Didn't Want Kamala Harris for Veep https://t.co/kBsnZztIVv— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 23, 2022