Kamala Harris cancels campaign rally with Gavin Newsom following Kabul attacks
Ailan Evans, DCNF
Vice President Kamala Harris has canceled her Friday rally with California Gov. Gavin Newsom after at least twelve Americans died during several terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.
Harris had initially planned to hold a “car rally” with the California governor Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area. The rally was intended to whip up support for Newsom before the governor faces a recall election on Sept. 14.
Harris and Newsom canceled the rally Thursday following several terrorist attacks outside of the Kabul airport that left at least twelve Americans dead, Politico first reported. Newsom’s campaign spokesman Nathan Click confirmed the reports to several other outlets Thursday.
#Breaking! via @Click_CA: "The Vice President @KamalaHarris will not join Governor @GavinNewsom in California tomorrow. Tomorrow’s rally is cancelled. No further updates to share at this time."
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) August 26, 2021
Newsom seeks to fend off a recall vote, and called on the vice president to offer support.
“I am excited to join my friend and our Vice President next week,” Newsom said in a statement, according to Politico. “The stakes of this election couldn’t be higher.”
Harris and Newsom both drew criticism for planning to continue with the campaign rally following the terrorist attacks in Kabul.
“This is an obscene display of politicking … the most obscene we’ve seen in a very long time,” Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce said Thursday.