An announced visit from the vice president to “mobilize young people” sent all the wrong messages as locals reacted.
In early September, Vice President Kamala Harris announced her “Fight for our Freedoms College Tour” as part of a month-long PR campaign through seven states for “high-energy, large-scale events.” However, ahead of a tour stop in Atlanta, Georgia, energy appeared to be galvanized around imploring her to keep out of The ATL.
“HEADS UP — VP Kamala Harris is making a stop in ATL as part of her ‘Fight for Our Freedoms’ college tour tomorrow,” reminded ATL Scoop on Instagram. “According to the White House, she will participate in a moderated conversation with students for Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and Morris Brown College…She is expected to speak about issues that the administration believes disproportionately impact young people across America — from reproductive freedom and gun safety to voting rights and book bans.”
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It appeared that Harris’ enthusiasm for school buses, hip-hop and herself was something of a one-way street as reactions to her planned propagandist pulpitry carried disdain and disappointment.
“I cannot stress enough how much we don’t care [about this woman],” offered one user as others slammed the inevitable traffic hangups that would result from her arrival. “Go home, we don’t need any more traffic delays.”
“She can stay home.”
Similar sentiments were shared on X as comments slammed, “Kamala Harris has ruined Atlanta traffic. Why is she even here?” “Plz stay away,” and “Everyone line up along the interstate and salute the Vp!” with a colorful emoji.
Kamala Harris has ruined Atlanta traffic. Why is she even here?
— Chad (@Chadinator3000) September 26, 2023
Plz stay away
— jake johnson (@jakecjohnson3) September 21, 2023
Everyone line up along the interstate and salute the Vp!
— BSize (@BSizeIDPA) September 22, 2023
Upon announcing the tour, Harris had touted, “This generation is critical to the urgent issues that are at stake right now for our future. It Is young leaders throughout America who know what the solutions look like and are organizing in their communities to make them a reality. My message to students is clear: We are counting on you, we need you, you are everything.”
Meanwhile, as the vice president was pegged for a new role leading the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, the public wondered when she was ever going to start work on roles she had already been assigned, like the border crisis.
“When is she going to visit the border that she’s allegedly in charge of?” asked one as another chimed in “Why doesn’t our ‘border [czar]’ go [to] the actual border and do her job?”
“She just here to lie and get more votes ain’t doing sh*t for Georgia just sees this place as extra votes,” decried another.
The hits kept coming after Harris’ X account tried to promote the success of the event with pictures captioned, “I know our future is bright because of our nation’s young leaders,” earning the clap back, “it’s called pandering. promise everything to get the votes. drop them after the election.”
it’s called pandering. promise everything to get the votes. drop them after the election
— David Barwick (@ISeeWordsPeople) September 27, 2023
We’ve rejected you.
— Dr.Carol X Lunz PhD She/Him,GED Alumni,POC-Ally (@marinasmigielsk) September 27, 2023
“The future is bright, because it’s the future. It’s brightness reflects the future, the future is where things will be bright in the future” – Kamala
— Mad Bull America (@america_mad) September 27, 2023