Vice President Kamala Harris was like a deer in headlights after she was asked a simple question about her race playing a part in getting chosen for the job by President Joe Biden.
Harris appeared to stumble over the “narrative” of Biden’s decision to choose her as his running mate because she is a black woman during an interview on the “Run Up” podcast that was published Thursday.
As the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in 2020, Biden vowed he would choose a woman as his running mate. He later caved to pressure to qualify that it would be a woman chosen for her skin color, narrowing the candidate field down to four in July 2020.
“Black women have supported me my whole career,” Biden told MSNBC’s Joy Reid at the time. “I have been loyal, and they have been loyal to me — and so it’s important that my administration, I promise you, will look like America.”
Circling back to the decision and his subsequent selection of Harris, The New York Times’s Astead Herndon asked Harris about the determining factor in her getting chosen to run on the Democrat ticket.
— Astead (@AsteadWH) November 16, 2023
“He came to the decision that he needed to choose a black woman,” Herndon said in the interview that reportedly took place in August from Chicago.
“While that is obviously about you, it’s not necessarily you personally, but your identity. How should it matter, does it matter that that narrative has existed, that Biden needed to choose someone who was a black person, and should it matter?” he asked.
The VP did not understand his question and told him so.
“Does it matter that, that kind of narrative around Biden needed to choose a black woman as a running mate still exists, and has hovered over that selection?” Herndon repeated.
“It happened,” Harris replied with a laugh, clearly still not getting it.
“I don’t think, I honestly don’t understand your question. Has it lingered?” she asked.
“He chose a Black woman, that woman is me, so I don’t know that anything lingers about what he should choose. He has chosen, he asked me to join him on the ticket,” she added in a jumble of words that did anything but answer the question.
The podcast host could do nothing but suggest they “move on.”
Of course, Harris has her share of supporters and Democrats who keep their blinders on have been quick to lash out at the VP’s critics.
“It’s disrespectful,” Sen. Laphonza Butler, D-Calif., told The New York Times last month.
“And the thing that makes it more disrespectful is that we’re talking about a historic VP who has been a high-quality partner and asset to the country at a time when everything is at stake. Right now is the time to respect what she’s done and what she brings., said the black woman who was appointed to the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.