'She's more unpopular': Kamala Harris trolled for touting 'capacity to lead' country after Joe Biden

'She's more unpopular': Kamala Harris trolled for touting 'capacity to lead' country after Joe Biden
Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks alongside President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 29, 2022, in Washington, DC (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC: Vice President Kamala Harris recently asserted her readiness to "serve" and touted her "capacity to lead" when confronted with questions regarding President Joe Biden's advanced age and public concerns regarding it.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Harris declared, "I am ready to serve — there's no question about that." Addressing perceptions of her leadership capabilities, Harris claimed anybody who has witnessed her performance in office "walks away fully aware of my capacity to lead."

However, her remarks have triggered backlash from critics, including some within her own party, who question her effectiveness and assert that there appears to be a strained relationship between her and the President.

Challenges to Harris' readiness

A Democratic insider, speaking to the New York Post on Monday, February 12, suggested that Harris should reevaluate her readiness, particularly in light of her handling of the border crisis, a responsibility she was entrusted with but seemingly sidelined from.

“If the vice president is ‘ready to serve’, she should start with her current role as border czar,” the source said. “The disaster we see at our southern border does not inspire confidence, even among Democrats, in her ‘capacity to lead.’"

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: U.S. President Joe Biden (L) and Vice President Kamala Harris attend th
President Joe Biden (L) and Vice President Kamala Harris attend the 10th-anniversary celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr memorial near the Tidal Basin on the National Mall on October 21, 2021, in Washington, DC (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 

Similarly, a Republican strategist interpreted Harris' statements as an acknowledgment of Biden's alleged struggles in office and an attempt to position herself as a potential successor.

“Kamala Harris is saying the quiet part out loud and trying to signal to the Democrat donors and delegates that Joe Biden clearly is not fit for office — and if something were to happen to him, she would be ready to step in,” the insider told the Post.

“The problem with that is that every issue Kamala Harris has touched, she has made worse, whether that’s the border or a host of other issues that she’s tried to take on while being vice president,” the strategist continued.

“She’s the one politician in America who essentially can make Joe Biden look even semi-competent, which is impossible to do as well because he’s been the most incompetent and mentally unfit president we’ve ever had in the history of the United States," they added.

Meanwhile, another GOP strategist told the newspaper, “Every voter in America, Democrat and Republican, needs to ask themself as they head to the ballot box this year if the threat of a Kamala Harris presidency is something they can stomach.”

Claims from recent book and Hur's report

The speculations surrounding Harris' readiness and Biden's health come amidst the release of a book titled 'Amateur Hour: Kamala Harris in the White House,' which claims that Biden preferred another running mate over Harris during the 2020 elections. The book alleges that Biden doubted Harris's suitability for the role of commander in chief.

Furthermore, discussions about Biden's health were reignited following a report by special counsel Robert Hur, which raised concerns about the President's memory lapses. While Hur opted not to press charges against Biden, his report documented instances of forgetfulness during a recent interview. 

Critics have seized upon Biden's age, being the oldest sitting US president, and speculated on Harris potentially assuming the presidency if he were to be re-elected. Republican figures like presidential hopeful Nikki Haley have hinted at the possibility of Harris succeeding Biden, adding fuel to the speculation.

“We will have a female president of the United States,” Haley told supporters earlier this month. “The hard truth is it’s going to be me or Kamala Harris.”


Harris has previously dismissed the notion, asserting her confidence in Biden's ability to serve.

“Biden is going to be fine, so that is not going to come to fruition," she told The Associated Press in September. “Every vice president understands that when they take the oath, that they must be very clear about the responsibility they may have to take over the job of being president. I am no different,” she said at the time.

Harris has consistently defended Biden against questions regarding his age and mental acuity.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with Biden, be it in the Oval Office, in the Situation Room, and other places — he is extraordinarily smart,” she told an ABC reporter last month. “He has the ability to see around the corner in terms of what might be the challenges we face as a nation or globally.”

Social media backlash

However, Harris' latest remarks about being "ready to serve" as president drew criticism on social media.

"We’re definitely not ready for her…never will be!" another wrote.

"Literally the one person people hate more," someone else added.

"If she runs, dems are definitely losing the next election. She’s more unpopular than Biden is," another offered.




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