Amid the news that Vice President Kamala Harris had tested positive for Covid-19, Politico did a piece to ask why Harris took Pfizer’s new Covid-19 antiviral pill, Paxlovid, stressing that many Americans have struggled to gain access to the medication.
“Eligibility was flexible but largely reserved for people ‘at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19,’ according to the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization standards,” the website reported. “That’s why public health experts were surprised last night when the vice president’s office revealed that the 57-year-old KAMALA HARRIS was taking the antiviral pill after she tested positive yesterday. Harris’ office said she is asymptomatic. And her office didn’t comment on whether she has any underlying health conditions that could make her more susceptible to a bad case of the disease.”
In promoting the piece, Politico White House editor Sam Stein tweeted, “A number of public health experts had the same question today: Why did Kamala take the Pfizer pill?”
And that was all it took to trigger the pro-Kamala forces, with Democratic National Committee chairman Jaime Harrison leading the charge.
“She is Vice President of the United States so let’s respect her and the office. The same standards used for others who held this esteemed role should also be used for VP Harris! ‘Harris,’ ‘VP Harris,’ & ‘Kamala Harris’ are all appropriate and consistent with previous VPs,” he tweeted.
She is Vice President of the United States so let’s respect her and the office. The same standards used for others who held this esteemed role should also be used for VP Harris! “Harris,” “VP Harris,” &“Kamala Harris” are all appropriate and consistent with previous VPs. https://t.co/RYIQWtPifS
— Jaime Harrison, DNC Chair (@harrisonjaime) April 28, 2022
Harrison was just in the news for calling Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., a “little maggot-infested man” over the Republican senator’s remarks about now Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s defense of Guantanamo Bay detainees during her time as a federal public defender and later in private practice.
The DNC chair was far from alone when came to people taking umbrage over Stein’s first name informality — all of which served as a nice distraction to the question posed: “Why did Kamala take the Pfizer pill?”
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter that include not only charges of sexism, but also racial undertones:
— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) April 28, 2022
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 28, 2022
White journobros, like Sam, have a hard time acknowledging that Vice President Harris is the Vice President of the US and if there is anyone who should have access to the Pfizer pill, it is she.
Notice how Sam and his ilk never call black folks in power by their proper titles? https://t.co/IKE2y3vPql
— 🏳️🌈🇺🇦*THEE* Bougier Than Thou-vaxxed, too (@ScottyBurberry) April 28, 2022
— Danielle Moodie (@DeeTwoCents) April 28, 2022
Put respect on Vice President Harris’ name. Did you ever loosely refer to Mike Pence as simply “Mike” during his term serving as Vice President? Your white male privilege, racism, & misogyny are showing, @samstein. Believe us when we tell you, this is exactly what you’re doing. https://t.co/Y3okEhkkx5
— Mattison (@Mattison) April 28, 2022
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