Vice President Kamala Harris lived up to her growing reputation of sounding like a high school debate student trying to hit a minimum word requirement while commenting on the Fourth of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.
A mentally disturbed rapper gunned down innocent Americans attending an Independence Day parade, killing seven and injuring dozens more. As in most other mass shootings, the suspect gave off multiple warning signs, including an apparent obsession with violence, but Harris had her sights on “assault weapons” in the latest word salad she served up — the good news here being that it’s apparently acceptable again to offer up thoughts and prayers.
The vice president visited Highland Park one day after the shooting to meet with busy law enforcement officials and offer brief remarks.
“We’re here for you, and we stand with you. And of course, as we always say — because it is true — our prayers are with you,” Harris said. “The President and I and our administration have put all of the resources and will continue to put all of the resources that the mayor and the chief and others need in terms of the federal assistance. So the FBI and the ATF are here.”
She said there was “a lot of healing that’s going to have to happen” and encouraged those impacted by the shooting to “seek the support that you so rightly deserve.”
Vice President Kamala Harris just spoke at the scene of the Highland Park mass shooting.
“We have to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are because you have been forced to take this seriously,” she said. pic.twitter.com/vpLSydpJM0
— Jake Sheridan (@JakeSheridan_) July 6, 2022
Harris would then get seriously serious, turning her attention to what she saw as the serious problem at hand.
“And — and we’ll deal with what we need to deal with in terms of also, as we move forward, all agreeing that we’ve got to be smarter as a country in terms of who has access to what and, in particular, assault weapons,” she said. “And we got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are — because you have been forced to have to take it seriously.”
Of course, this is just the latest example of Harris exposing her poor oratory skills. From “the significance of the passage of time” to saying “we will work together,” she has established an impressive track record of repeating words and phrases to the point of ridicule, which makes one wonder who’s writing her speeches.
There is also a history of saying a lot to say… well, nothing. The best example of this may be her remarks at a White House event in March when Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness visited.
“We also recognize just as it has been in the United States, for Jamaica, one of the issues that has been presented as an issue that is economic in the way of its impact has been the pandemic,” the vice president said. “So to that end, we are announcing today also that we will assist Jamaica in COVID recovery by assisting in terms of the recovery efforts in Jamaica that have been essential to, I believe, what is necessary to strengthen not only the issue of public health but also the economy.”
And there was also her “layman’s terms” explanation of the Russia-Ukraine conflict: “Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine, so basically that’s wrong.”
One of the prevailing questions is that, as a politician, how can Harris be so bad at speaking?
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Did someone write that for her??
— Greg Abbott Sucks (@CPrenticd) July 6, 2022
No matter where you go there you are
— a tiny manatee (scromiting) (@asmolmanatee) July 6, 2022
we must go forward, not backward, upward, not forward, and twirling twirling twirling
— Ryan (@EnbiRyan) July 6, 2022
How can she be so bad at this. Honestly, I think she’s getting worse.
— 🌸 Deb H 🌸 (@deb_h7) July 6, 2022
Seriously? She traveled how many miles on our dime and that is what she had to say? Umm…please stay in your office in DC next time. Not worth the trip.
— TVandy (@TVandy7) July 6, 2022
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