In a desperate bid for relevance, not to mention clicks, CNN has published a tongue-wagging ‘shade war‘ piece on Sunday that confirms what we’ve known all along: The Bidens and Kamala Harris don’t like each other very much.
The CNN story is much more than a bit of White House gossip, however; it is a veiled threat being made at Joe Biden.
One glance at CNN’s lengthy piece will lead any political observer to conclude this is an obvious ‘dump’ piece from the inner circle of the Kamala Harris camp.
The article itself says the stories come from “nearly three dozen former and current Harris aides, administration officials, Democratic operatives, donors and outside advisers — who spoke extensively to CNN — reveal a complex reality inside the White House.”
This is about to get good. The chronicle of grievances from the Harris camp range the spectrum: She is “sometimes forgotten,” “not being put in positions to lead,” and “the administration ought to be using her more.” The language is unsparing in its depiction of Kamala’s abject frustration.
“Many in the vice president’s circle fume that she’s not being adequately prepared or positioned, and instead is being sidelined,” CNN reports. “The vice president herself has told several confidants she feels constrained in what she’s able to do politically. And those around her remain wary of even hinting at future political ambitions, with Biden’s team highly attuned to signs of disloyalty, particularly from the vice president.”
The sensational piece alludes to something we’ve reported here earlier: Kamala Harris and Jill Biden, in particular, are locked in a bitter ongoing feud.
“Few of the insiders who spoke with CNN think she’s being well-prepared for whichever role it will be,” the story says. “Harris is struggling with a rocky relationship with some parts of the White House, while long-time supporters feel abandoned and see no coherent public sense of what she’s done or been trying to do as vice president. Being the first woman, and first woman of color, in national elected office is historic but has also come with outsized scrutiny and no forgiveness for even small errors, as she’ll often point out.”
Jill Biden and Kamala Harris have been in an extended cat fight even before they stepped foot in the White House. At the first Democratic presidential debate in June 2019, the future First Lady unleashed on then-presidential candidate Harris.
After Joe Biden and Kamala Harris infamously clashed over Biden’s past busing position, Harris basically called him a ‘racist’ (and for good reason).
“But I also believe, and it’s personal — and I was actually very — it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country,” Harris said. “And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing.”
“And, you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” she claimed. “And that little girl was me.”
Let’s put aside how much Kamala Harris is confabulating, or at the very least, exaggerating about her school integration travails. The presidential primary confrontation sparked an ongoing bitter rivalry that continues to this very day.
“With what he cares about, what he fights for, what he’s committed to, you get up there and call him a racist without basis? Go f*** yourself,” Jill Biden told Harris bluntly. Her vulgar salvo was cited in a piece by Politico Magazine.
When Jill Biden was later confronted about her reported remark, her reaction struck observers as being a bit off. Jill and Kamala even gave each other a really awkward hug on camera.
— New York Post (@nypost) May 21, 2021
“That was two years ago. We’ve moved on from that,” Jill claimed at the time.
In the course of the Biden presidency, the friction between the Biden and Harris camps has occasionally bubbled to the surface. In June, Harris seemed extremely miffed that she had been sent to Guatemala, in accordance with her being symbolically named the “Border Czar,” while the Bidens toured Europe.
Cringe. Kamala Harris doesn't get it.
Holt: "Do you have any plans to visit the border?"
Harris: "We've been to the border. We've been the border."
Holt: "YOU haven't been to the border."
Harris: "…..and I haven't been to Europe. I don't understand the point you're making." pic.twitter.com/fFXMf8X0b6
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) June 8, 2021
“I haven’t been to Europe. I don’t understand the point you’re making,” she claimed when asked why she never traveled to the border.
Interesting. Someone who did go to Europe was Dr. Jill Biden, who was “ready for her close up” in the media limelight. One example was a fawning puff piece on her “Love” jacket, a snarky jab at former First Lady Melania Trump.
Traveling with President Biden in the UK, Jill Biden wore a jacket on Thursday that read “LOVE” on the back, an echo of Melania Trump’s “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket that she wore in 2018 to visit children separated from their parents at the border. https://t.co/0EJHqAfAd6
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 10, 2021
This is exactly the kind of progressive media catnip that Kamala Harris obviously craves, complete with softly lit media shots of being ‘hard at work’ on serious global issues.
Prepping for the G7. pic.twitter.com/drPmb2vBwI
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) June 9, 2021
The CNN story further establishes that Kamala Harris was angry about being sent to the Northern Triangle nations and being made a Border Czaress.
“The list of complaints between the West Wing and the vice president’s office keeps growing, even stemming from Harris’ first assignment from Biden this spring,” the story recounts. “The situation has become a back and forth of irritations — some real, some perceived.”
“Harris’ team was mad Biden had assigned her to handle diplomatic relations with the Northern Triangle nations, in hopes of addressing the root causes of migration to the US, but gave her no role on the southern border itself,” the story continues. “That become the most visible crisis in the early days of Biden’s presidency as unaccompanied minors overwhelmed federal government resources. It seemed like an all-around politically losing assignment even though Biden had seen it as a sign of respect because it was the same job Obama had given him as vice president.”
“As CNN has previously reported, Harris herself has said she didn’t want to be assigned to manage the border, aware that it was a no-win political situation that would only sandbag her in the future,” the story adds. “But Biden’s team was annoyed that Harris fumbled answers about the border, including when she gave an awkward, laughing response about not visiting it during a spring interview with NBC’s Lester Holt.”
“As some around Harris see it, the White House failed to come to her defense,” the story notes. “That was especially galling since they had given her the unpleasant task on her first foreign trip of carrying the administration’s harsh ‘do not come’ policy, according to one source familiar with the workings of the office.”
In other words, CNN finally substantiates Becker News’ and other independent media’s reporting on Harris resenting the Guatemala trip.
One of the most memorable exchanges between Kamala Harris and the Bidens was reported exclusively at Becker News.
In August, Vice President Kamala Harris objected to taking any part of taking responsibility for the Afghanistan disaster, even though she fully supported the catastrophic withdrawal.
White House sources told Becker News that Kamala Harris could be heard screaming, “They will not pin this s*** on me!” Furthermore, the source indicated that Jill Biden was at Camp David deflecting calls to Joe Biden.
The Harris camp’s account of how the Afghanistan debacle went down, as recounted in the CNN story, attempts to give the VP a false sense of distance. But even CNN doesn’t let her off the hook.
“Harris has also complained to confidants about not being a greater part of the President’s approach to the Afghanistan withdrawal — despite telling CNN at the time she was the last one in the room when he made the decision — leaving her without more to draw on when she defended him publicly,” the story says.
One political commentator who has been on to this entire “shade war” has been Human Events editor Jack Posobiec, who noted that Harris was dodging accountability over Afghanistan.
“Shade War going hot – Kamala refused a request to do a presser today,” Posobiec reported. “Said she was focused on Haiti not Afghanistan. Now staffers for the rival teams have been openly fighting all day, per WH official.”
Posobiec also noted that Harris’s remark about not having gone to Europe was actually directed at Jill Biden.
People are totally missing this
Kamala Harris' comment about going to Europe was directed at Jill pic.twitter.com/umRwBrSB9n
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 11, 2021
Posobiec held up the CNN piece as an acknowledgement of his commentary.
The entire CNN home page is devoted to the WH Shade War
Team B has launched their full-scale assault on Team K as they try to driver her out of the admin
Human Events Daily listeners months ahead of the curve pic.twitter.com/g28xBuhMQf
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 15, 2021
The CNN piece attempts to put some distance between Harris’s camp and the story by referring to staffing problems for the vice president.
“But, with many sources speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the situation more frankly, they all tell roughly the same story: Harris’ staff has repeatedly failed her and left her exposed, and family members have often had an informal say within her office,” the story says. “Even some who have been asked for advice lament Harris’ overly cautious tendencies and staff problems, which have been a feature of every office she’s held, from San Francisco district attorney to US Senate.”
The story also delves into some behind-the-scenes wrangling between the Biden and Harris agendas, some of it disingenuously framed.
“On the one issue Harris actually asked to be assigned — voting rights — progress has been slow in part because Biden is focused on passing his own domestic agenda, even though Harris has said privately the filibuster must be scaled back if real progress can be achieved,” the story says. “Biden has said as much publicly now too. And though Harris has told confidants that she has been enjoying a good working dynamic directly with Biden, those who work for them describe their relationship in terms of settling into an exhausted stalemate.”
One source of consternation for Kamala Harris appears to be the Biden team’s focus on trying to resurrect the president from drowning in negative approval numbers.
“Biden’s aides have made clear that they are focused on promoting and protecting him, especially since it’s his approval rating that will likely define the 2022 midterms and his promised run for reelection in 2024,” the CNN piece notes.
However, even as Kamala Harris maintains quixotic presidential ambitions, her approval numbers are even worse than Biden’s.
“According to a new poll commissioned by USA Today and carried out by Suffolk University, only 28 per cent of Americans approve of how Vice President Kamala Harris has performed in the position voters elected to her one year ago,” the Independent reported. “That’s a full 10 points lower than the approval rating for President Joe Biden, according to the same poll.”
“Biden’s staff are privately disappointed with Harris over self-inflicted controversies, like her ‘awkward’ laughter when asked about visiting the border by NBC’s Lester Holt,” the Daily Mail reported on Monday.
Revealingly, there are now reports the Biden team blames Kamala Harris in part for the president’s abysmal approval ratings in a sign that the White House is now in full disarray.
“They blame her failure on the border crisis for sliding poll numbers,” the Daily Mail adds. “A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Biden at 53 percent disapproval and 41 percent approval – down 11 points from April.”
The Daily Mail also adds an improbable rumor that Biden is considering moving Harris to Supreme Court as a ‘backdoor method’ of selecting new VP. Unlikely, but there is clearly some hardball being played, and Harris is undoubtedly out to get her pound of flesh.
The CNN piece appears to make a cryptic warning that Biden may get the political ’86’ if it fails to yield to the Harris camp’s demands. (Lest anyone should forget, there were 25th amendment mentions prior to the 2020 ‘election’.)
“She’s a heartbeat away from the presidency now,” the piece adds. “She could be just a year away from launching a presidential campaign of her own, given doubts throughout the political world that Biden will actually go through with a reelection bid in 2024, something he’s pledged to do publicly and privately. Or she’ll be a critical validator in three years for a President trying to get the country to reelect him to serve until he’s 86.”
This may indeed be what this is all about: The 25th amendment has been dangled like a Sword of Damocles over Biden’s head throughout his presidency as a way of getting the mentally deteriorating president to accede to radicals’ demands.
While the mainstream press insist that the 25th amendment measure is unthinkable due to the current composition of the U.S. Congress, which must invoke the clause to remove Joe Biden, the Democratic Party may believe that Joe Biden has become expendable, and an overall negative for the party’s chances in the midterm elections or in 2024.
“Hearing K(amala) discussed the 25th (amendment) tonight in a non-joking way for the first time,” as Posobiec reported in August.
The 25th amendment to the Constitution gives the power to remove the sitting President of the United States to the Congress, which must pass by two-thirds vote a motion to remove the president in both the House and Senate.
Vice President Kamala Harris would thus be in a line of succession to take over the job of president. The former California Attorney General has been in the shadow of President Biden throughout his entire presidency, following him in nearly unprecedented ways for a VP.
Harris is clearly fed up with the situation. As the CNN piece makes clear, she is now out for political payback.
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