“Anything that I handle is because it’s a tough issue,’ the vice president says.
Vice President Kamala Harris said Sunday that “she does not believe she is being set up to fail” amid complaints by fellow Democrats that President Biden has handed her an impossible portfolio during their first year in office.
During a pre-recorded interview with CBS’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation,” Harris was asked to address criticism by Democrats that the vice president is being given a portfolio designed to work against her.
“No, I don’t believe I’m being set up to fail,” Harris fired back.
On the other hand, Harris’s defenders had different opinions, blasting Biden for putting her in charge of seemingly unwinnable issues like the border crisis. CNN commentator and former Rep. Bakari Sellers said, “Her portfolio is trash. You give someone a portfolio that is not meant for them to succeed.
A recent staff shakeup in Harri’s office has also fueled reports of a toxic work environment that has plagued the vice president since she took office. One of her key media staffers quit by the end of the year.
One former staffer who worked for Harris before she was vice president told The Washington Post earlier this month that Harris is a “bully” who subjects her employees to “a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism.”
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses, and it’s an abusive environment,” one person with direct knowledge of how Harris’ office is run told Politico back in June. “It’s not a healthy environment, and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s—.”
Something that has seemed to be a common occurrence and runs directly with the approval ratings that both Kamala and Joe Biden have.
Recently, Harris’s communication director, Ashley Etienne, and senior adviser to the vice president and chief spokesperson, Symone Sanders, announced their departures. Leaving a massive leadership instability at the beginning of 2022, along with other key members in Harris’s staff “eyeing the exits,” come to the end of the holiday season.