Though she was sent to France on a mission to repair recently damaged relations with that country’s leaders, the conduct of Vice President Kamala Harris during a public appearance there on Thursday in which she affected a bizarre French accent is being roundly mocked, assuredly causing great embarrassment and frustration within the Biden administration.
According to the New York Post, Harris paid a visit to a COVID-19 research lab at Paris’ Pasteur Institute, during which she held forth about the lessons she believes politicians can take from those engaged in scientific endeavors, and that is when things got dicey for the vice president.
“One of the things people in politics and government should really take from the approach of scientists – scientists operate with a hypothesis. I love that,” Harris began.
She continued on, lamenting the fact that politicians are expected to announce a concrete plan of action for governing, and then stick to that roadmap and defend it, even when it could clearly benefit from some adjustment, but as she attempted to emphasize her rhetorical point, she seemed to shift into some kind of French-tinged accent. WATCH:
Kamala Harris uses a fake French accent while speaking to French scientists at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. pic.twitter.com/yCGPcLVJkN
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It did not take long for Harris to become a figure of fun for a range of commentators, with media critic Joe Concha declaring, “There really are no words anymore” and adding the Twitter hashtag #AuRevoir.
Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner quipped, “I thought we canceled Pepe lepew,” a reference to a recent controversy regarding the Gallic skunk in which liberal columnist Charles Blow alleged that scenes featuring the animal “added to rape culture.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a rather more serious view of the cringe-worthy display, given that Washington’s rapport with Paris has fallen to an alarming low in the wake of an American—British submarine deal involving Australia which sunk an existing contract in which France was to sell those military craft to the Australian navy.
“The clip from Vice President Harris is more than embarrassing on the world stage,” Pompeo said Wednesday night, according to the Daily Mail. “Our adversaries watch that and see weakness. They see people who aren’t serious, they see people who aren’t determined,” and that fact – given Harris’ presumed status as the party’s heir apparent – is surely giving Biden and his fellow Democrat elites a whole lot of sleepless nights.