Former California Governor Jerry Brown had nothing but praise for President Joe Biden but “nothing at all” to say about the vice president.
The Democrat who governed California for a total of 16 years reportedly “stiffened” when asked by an NBC reporter to comment about fellow Californian, Vice President Kamala Harris.
Brown sang Biden’s praises as the “man of the hour” during the interview with NBC’s Peter Nicholas published Monday, effectively dismissing concerns over the president’s age. The feeble commander-in-chief turned 81 on Monday, making him the oldest president in U.S. history.
Brown, himself 85, commented on Biden’s age in the wide-ranging interview that touched on the 2024 election, the media and relations with China – and noticeably left out comments about Harris who served as California’s Attorney General from 2011 to 2017, the entire time under Brown’s leadership. Harris replaced Brown in the position after he served as AG from 2007 to 2011.
“He has nothing to worry about until he gets to be 85,” Brown said of Biden.
“The fact is that there is disquiet in the electorate,” he told Nicholas about the Democratic Party’s prospects with Biden as the 2024 nominee.“I would say he’s the man of the hour. He’s there.”
“I don’t have any great political strategy here of the Democrats,” the former governor continued. “It’s very challenging.”
But when the NBC reporter asked him for his take on Harris, the discussion took on a different tone.
“I do not have a thought on that topic,” he reportedly said.
“Asked his view of Vice President Kamala Harris, who got her start in California politics, Brown stiffened a bit,” according to the report. “The garrulous ex-governor who freely opined on U.S.-Chinese relations, global threats and even Gregorian chants (keep reading) had nothing at all to share about a fellow Californian who is next in the line of presidential succession.”
Brown, who served two different tenures as governor of California, let his view of the media be known, criticizing them for being “so damn stupid” while acknowledging that Biden was “responsible” for his response to a reporter’s question on whether he thought China’s President Xi Jinping is a dictator.
“But the reporters want to fan the flames of conflict leading to war because they’re so damn stupid. That is my belief of your profession,” Brown said.
“When you’ve been in politics for 50 years, the first thing you’re supposed to learn is how to avoid an embarrassing question. That has to be lesson one,” he added.
Brown’s non-answer on Harris was very telling for critics who have been worried about the vice president’s deep unpopularity and whether it will negatively impact the re-election bid.
“We’re going to have to earn our re-elect, there’s no doubt about it,” she told CNN in an interview Sunday as she weighed in on the dismal polls showing former President Donald Trump beating Biden in key battleground states.
“I have a great sense of duty and responsibility to do as much as I can, to be where the people are and to not only speak with them, but listen to them and let them know what we’ve accomplished,” she added.
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