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Update: Kamala Harris' Hiring of a Crisis Comms Manager Has Not Gone Well


Earlier this week, we reported on how things were getting pretty dire in KamalaWorld, so much so that her office is in full crisis mode, which was confirmed by the VP’s recent hiring of crisis communications expert Lorraine Voles, who once served “as a strategist and adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2006 Senate reelection race and 2008 presidential bid.”

Seeing as though Harris has found herself in numerous crises of her own making – and continues to do so — ever since Inauguration Day, the news came as a shock to very few people.

But though Voles has been in her role for at least a month or so now, that hasn’t stopped Harris from landing herself in hot water big time and in the process causing major headaches for the Biden administration with key voting blocs that are essential to Democrats winning elections.

Case in point, check out how Harris handled a George Mason University Yemini-Iranian student alleging during a Tuesday speaking engagement that the United States was funding the “ethnic genocide of Palestinians” by supporting Israel:

“I see that over the summer there have been, like, protests and demonstrations in astronomical numbers” about the Palestinian cause, the student said. She went on to note how “just a few days ago there were funds allocated to continue backing Israel, which hurts my heart because it’s ethnic genocide and displacement of people, the same that happened in America, and I’m sure you’re aware of this.”

The student went on to allege that the money that would otherwise go to Americans struggling with housing and health care costs goes instead “to inflaming Israel and backing Saudi Arabia and what-not.”

Harris replied that she “was glad” the student brought up such concerns and went on to say her opinion should be heard in a democracy.

“And again, this is about the fact that your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth, should not be suppressed and it must be heard, right? And one of the things we’re fighting for in a democracy, right?” Harris said.

Watch:

Needless to say, Harris not pushing back on what the student said caused shockwaves in Israel. Here’s how some of the country’s press reported on the exchange:

As a result of Harris blunder/gaffe/fumble/whatever you want to call it, her office has had to spring into “clean-up” mode with Jewish Democrats to reassure them as to the Biden White House’s commitment to supporting Israel:

On Thursday, Harris’ senior staff contacted the influential Democratic Majority for Israel to clean up remarks she made Wednesday at George Mason University where Harris was visiting a classroom of students. “We were pleased Vice President Harris’s senior staff reached out to us today to confirm what we already knew: Her ‘commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering,’” said Mark Mellman, the president of the group.

A senior adviser to Harris also reached out to Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fl.) the co-chair of the Bipartisan Anti‐Semitism Taskforce, a source familiar with the outreach told POLITICO.

Deutch and his office did not respond to a request for comment. But the source said it was “fair to say that the group of House Democrats that super care about this noticed it and talked about it.” Harris’ office also called Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Thursday afternoon, the source said.

And just think, Democrats believe Harris is going to be a potent, get-out-the-vote weapon going into the 2022 midterms. In a way, they’re right. But the people she’s likely to motivate the most to get out and vote won’t be voting for Democrats.

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