Kamala Harris felt belittled by Vogue, miffed White House staff didn’t stand when she entered; book

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Vice President Kamala Harris is being called a “self-absorbed” “narcissist in chief” over reports documenting her extremely petty, self-aggrandizing behavior.

Included in an upcoming book by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns of The New York Times, the reports paint a picture of a paranoid-delusional woman full of grievances, according to excerpts published by Politico on Tuesday.

FYI, this is the same book that documents Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s habit of mocking President Joe Biden behind his back:

Regarding Harris, Martin and Burns claimed that she “worried that Biden’s staff looked down on her” and often “fixated on real and perceived snubs in ways the West Wing found tedious.”

At one point, the vice president reportedly directed her chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, to complain to the president’s team that his staff wasn’t “standing up for Harris when she entered the room the way they did for Biden,” according to Politico.

“The vice president took it as a sign of disrespect,” Martin and Burns write.

The vice president’s staff took it even further, complaining that the alleged “disrespect” of the president’s staff treating her like a VP instead of the president stemmed from racism.

“Some of Harris’s advisers believed the president’s almost entirely white inner circle did not show the vice president the respect she deserved,” according to the book.

Martin and Burns also point to examples of Harris’s grievances extending to outside the White House.

Recall that Vogue magazine dedicated its February 2021 cover to Harris and wrote a glowing profile to accompany it. Recall also that the VP’s staff complained privately that the photo chosen by Vogue’s staff for the cover wasn’t the same photo that they’d used.

Martin and Burns noted that these complaints came from the vice president herself.

“Harris had been expecting a different photo,” according to Politico.

“Harris was wounded. She felt belittled by the magazine, asking aides: Would Vogue depict another world leader this way?” Martin and Burns write.

This appears to be the exact same sort of rhetoric heard from New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who complains about racism virtually anytime anyone criticizes him.

The VP was frustrated enough by the Vogue cover photo that she had then-incoming press secretary Symone Sanders complain directly to Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

“Wintour, who did not respond to a request for comment, protested that she had chosen the picture personally because it made Harris ‘relatable,'” Politico reported Tuesday, quoting from Martin and Burns’ book.

The VP’s chief of staff meanwhile was caught “off-guard by the anger in Harris’ circle” and reached out to the president’s staff to talk about it, according to Martin and Burns.

“The Biden adviser told Flournoy that this was not the time to be going to war with Vogue over a comparatively trivial aesthetic issue. Tina, the adviser said, these are first-world problems,” Martin and Burns write.

This was “an early indication that members of the Biden-Harris teams were on different pages with different priorities. The dynamic didn’t improve from there,” according to Politico.

“Martin and Burns document an increasingly fraught relationship between the West Wing and the vice president’s office filled with anger, eye-rolling, portfolio feuds, and real and perceived slights.”

It likely doesn’t help that the president’s wife, first lady Jill Biden, had reportedly never really cared for Harris in the first place.

“Speaking in confidence with a close adviser to her husband’s campaign, the future first lady posed a pointed question. There are millions of people in the United States, she began. Why, she asked, do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe?” Martin and Burns write.

Her animosity toward Harris stemmed from the VP’s stunning accusation, made during the 2020 Democrat presidential primary debates, that Biden was a racist for having opposed integrated school busing.

These stunning revelations from Martin and Burns come amid a never-ending exodus of staffers from Harris’ camp.

“She lost 10 high-profile staffers in the last nine months, the most recent of which was national security adviser Nancy McEldowney,” host Jeanine Pirro revealed on Tuesday while filling in for Laura Ingraham on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle.”

McEldowney resigned just this week.

“But the dysfunction doesn’t end there. A new book by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns reveals the growing tensions between the Biden and Harris camps. Harris’s team is apparently bent out of shape that Biden dumped impossible tests on her lap,” Pirro continued.

“But Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s comms director, reportedly had a different take. In their new book, Martin and Burns write, ‘In private, Bedingfield felt, noted that the vice presidency was not the first time in Harris’s political career that she had fallen short of sky-high expectations: Her Senate office had been messy, and her presidential campaign had been a fiasco. Perhaps, she suggested, the problem was not the vice president’s staff.'”

Vivek Saxena


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