Harris is at the stage in her campaign where a senior adviser who sees the writing on the wall should advise her to consider bowing out gracefully
If Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was hoping to get some good news about her slumping campaign after the fourth Democratic debate, polling information that was released by Emerson two days later gave her a rude awakening.
— Emerson College Polling (@EmersonPolling) October 17, 2019
The news from Emerson was no doubt a devastating blow for the Harris campaign, which made it a point in mid-September to announce they were going all-in on finishing strong in Iowa. “We want to make sure that we have a strong top-three finish,” her campaign manager Juan Rodriguez said at the time.
Harris was even overheard telling fellow Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono that she was “f***ing moving to Iowa”:
“I’m f****** moving to Iowa,” Sen. Kamala Harris joked to Sen. Hirono (before she noticed me) pic.twitter.com/dv0PRWLY8g
— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) September 18, 2019
It’s clear that whatever she’s doing to try and win over Iowa Democrats isn’t working.
Nevertheless, she’s still persisting in making issues out of things most voters don’t care about, like getting President Trump suspended from Twitter. Here’s what she told CNN Wednesday:
“And it is a matter of the safety of those individuals,” Ms. Harris said. “You can look at the fact that the shooter in El Paso was influenced by the words that the president of the United States, unfiltered, uses through this medium on Twitter.”
— The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2019
Unfortunately for Sen. Harris, her top campaign staffers aren’t doing her any favors, either:
An aide to Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-Calif.) 2020 presidential campaign complained in a text exchange with BuzzFeed’s top editor about a “problematic” tweet critical of Harris by a reporter for the news site.
BuzzFeed in a rare move released the exchange between Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and the unidentified aide, which occurred after Harris again called on Twitter to ban President Trump from Twitter during Tuesday night’s Democratic debate. Harris also called on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to make the same declaration, which her fellow 2020 White House hopeful declined to do.
“Hard to know if last night harmed or helped Warren, but think all can come together and agree a debate highlight was Warren telling Kamala Harris no about banning Trump from Twitter then just continuing with her point in the manner of shrugging off a Greenpeace clipboard person,” Buzzfeed reporter Katherine Miller tweeted during the debate.
“hey i have talked to her directly a few times when she’s tweeted out stuff like this, and i told her i was glad she deleted this tweet, but this kind of stuff is just a really horrible look for you guys,” the unidentified aide wrote to Smith. “frankly, it’s whiteness manifest.”
Here’s the full exchange:
(I put the wrong link in this tweet – here's the link to today's newsletter with this & more: https://t.co/12VB7z3ssw)
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) October 17, 2019
Perhaps even more embarrassing was when Harris campaign national press secretary Ian Sams ended up deleting an altered image he posted of Harris standing in the same room as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during last Wednesday’s contentious Syria meeting:
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted an image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi standing up during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in an attempt to mock her, but this backfired.
On Thursday, the Kamala Harris campaign altered the image and replaced President Trump with the California senator and 2020 hopeful, this also backfired.
Harris campaign national press secretary Ian Sams tweeted the edited image with the caption “Time for an upgrade,” but many were left scratching their heads.
Here’s what the meme looked like:
Kamala Harris' national press secretary has deleted his attempt at a meme. pic.twitter.com/82cDRn2ndA
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) October 17, 2019
According to SFGate.com, Sams blamed “right wing trolls” for the backlash the meme received, but in reality Republicans and Democrats alike complained about it:
They left the crop line on her.. I’m dying. She looks like a goddamn force ghost pic.twitter.com/ELNGf8kxaM
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 17, 2019
“I can’t wait until Nancy Pelosi is berating my boss!”
— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) October 17, 2019
Time for an upgrade. pic.twitter.com/b334NpPOcZ
— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) October 17, 2019
Pelosi yelling at Kamala while she’s surrounded by Trump cronies isn’t the strong message you think it is
— Big Supernaturals (@UweBollocks) October 17, 2019
After the Emerson poll was released, the ribbing of Harris’ campaign continued:
Can Kamala's staff photoshop her into this tweet? https://t.co/nC8y94LXNm
— Jesse Hunt (@JJHunt10) October 17, 2019
— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) October 17, 2019
The icing on the cake for Team Kamala came Friday night when she appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show on CNN. She said during the segment that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has “clearly broken many laws,” but when Cooper asked her for specifics, she paused for a couple of seconds and then stated she didn’t know what laws he might have broken:
Kamala Harris: @RudyGiuliani “has clearly broken many laws”
Anderson Cooper: “Are there specific laws you think Giuliani has broken?”
Kamala Harris: “Well I don’t know”
WHAT A JOKE
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 19, 2019
Someone, maybe a senior adviser who perhaps sees the writing on the wall, needs to pull her to the side and say these words to her: Don’t go away mad, Kamala. Just go away.
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