Vice President Kamala Harris took friendly fire over the weekend after she claimed on Friday that she is actively "fighting" for women's rights.
What did Harris say?
On Friday evening, Harris posted a picture of herself watching CNN coverage of the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned abortion precedents.
Along with the photo, Harris shared a message to women who feel "alone and scared" now that Roe v. Wade is overturned.
"I know there are women out there who are afraid. To those of you who feel alone and scared: I want you to know the President and I are fighting for you and your rights. We are in this fight together," Harris said.
What was the reaction?
Critics, many of them liberal and supporters of the Democratic Party, lashed out at Harris over the tone-deaf tweet.
Not only did they demand actual solutions, but many of the critics highlighted the poor optics of the message and accompanying photo. How can Harris claim she is "fighting" for women's rights as she stands on her private jet watching TV?
- "Do something then. Even on the rare chance it’s genuinely candid, these 'reaction' pics just send the message that your first thought was to tell your publicity people to take a photo of you looking concerned," one person said.
- "[B]ut what specifically is the plan? we don’t need elected officials to be our friends or even our source of comfort. what specifically was fought for in the 2 months since the draft opinion was leaked," one person challenged.
- "Could you be specific? Like, *how* are you fighting? Describe the tactics, explain the policy, give us the rundown," another person challenged.
- "Cool. So what‘s the game plan? Be specific. Or is this a veiled 'thoughts and prayers' scenario?" another person questioned.
- "Name two things you’re doing to actually fight this. Extra credit if one of them isn’t 'Telling people to vote a lot,'" one person responded.
- "I love to fight for human rights by watching the news on a private plane," one person mocked.
- "Can you be more specific? Because your voters all deserve more specificity today. We need that more than we need visual & verbal depictions of your sympathy," another person said.
- "[G]o girl give us nothing," another person mocked.
- "[S]o what are you planning to do in 'this fight' other than a photoshoot of you pensively watching TV," one person questioned.
- "Um. 36,000 feet above everything, watching on a big a-- TV in a private plane, and the message is ‘we're in this together’? I'm not sure you guys get where the rest of us are at right now," another person said.
- "Incredibly funny how this extremely staged photo makes this tweet look even more insincere," one person observed.
- "Harris has a superhuman talent for posturing as a leader and instead looking like a monumental dips**t," another person said.
- "[W]e elected beavis and butthead," another person mocked.
With Democrats hoping to use abortion rights to elevate their dismal stock ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Politico reported that Harris hopes to use the fight to improve her image and show voters she is working on their behalf.
"Harris has no legislative rabbit up her sleeve. But abortion rights advocates and Democratic strategists say they are eager to see the White House 'let her loose' on the issue — hopeful she can further illuminate the stakes and rally female voters," the news outlet reported.