Vice President Kamala Harris is a terrible and unlikable politician who ruins everything she touches. Is it no wonder President Joe Biden would be favorably eyeing another bright young hopeful?
Harris is jealous of “white man” Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary at the center of Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal, Breitbart reported. Though she’s seen as Biden’s successor, Buttigieg’s profile is set to be raised beyond her own with this package.
Despite the position Harris occupies — the next in line to an elderly politician who arguably may not make it to reelection — she has failed to adequately meet expectations. So far, she’s botched the crisis at the border she was entrusted to fix and has done the White House bidding of pushing back on elections security measures.
Now Buttigieg will be the one doling out $550 billion of that infrastructure bill on transportation, and Harris sees it as an unearned promotion in status — especially given his lack of intersectional credentials. “It’s hard to miss the specific energy that the White House brings to defend a White man, knowing that Kamala Harris has spent almost a year taking a lot of the hits that the West Wing didn’t want to take themselves,” an unnamed former Harris aide reportedly told CNN.
The Harris camp is also incensed at the way the White House machine has defended Buttigieg’s decision to take paternity leave. The transportation secretary was out for months to take care of his newborn twins while the supply chain woes continued to pile up, but the Biden’s allies went to bat for him.
To make matters worse, Buttigieg had risen to prominence as transportation secretary even though he couldn’t fix potholes in his own city, Fox News reported. During his tenure as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, the pothole problem was awful and went unaddressed until Domino’s Pizza stepped in with a grant.
This feud is more than just idle gossip as evidenced by the way White House press secretary Jen Psaki suddenly interjected with a ringing endorsement of the vice president. “For anyone who needs to hear it, the Vice President is not only a vital partner to the president but a bold leader who has taken on key, important challenges facing the country — from voting rights to addressing root causes of migration to expanding broadband,” Psaki tweeted Sunday.
Biden’s new coziness to Buttigieg likely has nothing to do with race or gender, but it is telling that the president is so ready to shove aside Harris. The vice president is a liability with her unpopularity and incompetence, and Democrats will have no trouble throwing her over should the time officially come.