Vice President Kamala Harris was torn to shreds on social media after saying during a speech Monday that voters "got what they asked for" by electing her and President Joe Biden to office.
What are the details?
Harris was speaking at a Black History Month event at the White House, and she brought up Biden's recent nomination of Judge Ketanji Jackson to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Jackson would be the first black woman to sit on the highest court in the land.
Harris noted what she viewed as "the assault on the freedom to vote" in the U.S. and then mentioned Jackson.
"And that is why I felt such pride and such hope — understanding how votes lead to action through elections — it is why I felt such pride and such hope this past Friday when President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ... to sit on the United States Supreme Court," Harris said to applause. "Because, as we all know, elections matter. And when folks vote, they order what they want. And in this case, they got what they asked for."
Amid further applause, Harris admitted that she "went off script a little bit" and then let loose with her familiar laugh.
It's not clear which of her words were "off script," but one could argue Harris meant Jackson's nomination when she said voters "got what they asked for." However, there's a bit of a factual problem with such a conclusion.
Because even though Biden made it a campaign promise that he would choose a black woman as his first Supreme Court nominee, a recent poll showed the vast majority of Americans — 76% — wanted Biden to "consider all possible nominees" and not nominate anyone to the high court based solely on race or gender. Only 23% of the ABC News/Ipsos poll respondents wanted Biden to stick with his campaign promise.
So exactly how is Jackson's nomination what voters "asked for"? If that's not what Harris meant, has the Biden/Harris administration given voters "what they asked for" so far?
What happened next?
Charlie Spiering — White House Correspondent for Breitbart News — tweeted a shortened version of Harris on the microphone saying "elections matter. And when folks vote, they order what they want. And in this case, they got what they asked for. I went off script a little bit."
And then Shane Goldmacher — national political reporter for the New York Times — piggybacked on Spiering's clip:
With that, notable critics blasted Harris to bits, turning their attention to the Biden/Harris administration's colossal failures after just one year running the show:
Others couldn't have agreed more:
- Republican U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota quipped, "Please tell me some talented impersonator dubbed audio over video of a funny thing she said."
- Jesse Hunt, communications director for the Republican Governors Association, asked, "Wonder what the WH staff thinks of the Kamala reboot?"
- Tim Murtaugh, former communications director for the Trump 2020 campaign, noted that "Biden has a 37% approval rating in the recent ABC poll. People didn't ask for this. She is a terrible politician."
Some pointed to how useful Harris' words will be for the GOP during election season:
- "Gonna see this in about every GOP campaign in America," Josh Holmes — former chief of staff and campaign manager for Sen. Mitch McConnell — observed.
- Nick Trainer, former of Trump's reelection campaign, noted that Harris' proclamations will "be in a lot of ads you see over the next eight months…and then the two years after, too."
And former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offered a succinct response to Harris saying on the clip that voters "got what they asked for."