Co-hosts of Fox News’ “The Five” reacted on Monday to new reports last week that quoted unnamed current and former staffers who described how difficult it is to work for Vice President Kamala Harris.
As Dana Perino introduced the segment, she referenced brutal reports from Axios and the Washington Post, both of which provide insight into what appears to be a chaotic, tumultuous office environment regarding Harris following several departures of staff including, most recently, Simone Sanders, a senior adviser and the chief spokesperson for the vice president who will be leaving at the end of the month.
Perino quoted one unnamed staffer from the Post report who said, “It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody who is willing to do the prep and the work. With Kamala you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence. So you’re constantly sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.”
Perino then teed up a video clip of President Biden in a Zoom call with White House staff on Jan. 20, the day he was inaugurated, in which he warned he would fire anyone “on the spot” if they treated other staffers with disrespect.
Finally, Perino referenced noted a tweet sent randomly on Monday from David Gins, Deputy Director for Operations for the vice president, who said he “absolutely” loves his job and “thought some of you should know.”
“Greg, I think at some point, she might want to ask her junior staffers to stop trying to help — that’s not helping,” Perino said as she brought in co-host Greg Gutfeld.
“That’s like the equivalent of a teacher’s pet reminding the teacher that she forgot to ask for the homework that was due,” he said, to chuckles from the other co-hosts, going on to mockingly say he’s on “Team Kamala.”
“This is a good problem for society to have,” Gutfeld continued. “When we find out we have an awful leader in the second-highest office in the land is also a person of color, that is a sign of progress, right? She has reached a point in society where she is no better than obnoxious white old guys.
“This is a true achievement in diversity. We can’t ignore it,” Gutfeld quipped. “She’s just as awful as all the white guys that came…this is like the moon landing for identity politics. A woman of color has finally gone where no woman of color has ever gone before! She can be a complete, utter jerk just like a Kennedy can!”
He went on to say that “the bigger lesson here” regarding Harris’ example is “that you cannot judge people by a single variable — in this case, identity, because then you’d never find out who the person really is, right?”
Gutfeld went on to note other examples including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who got into hot water for falsely claiming Native American heritage, as well as “the elevation of Jacob Blake,” the black man shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., in August 2020 as he reached for a knife in his SUV. His shooting touched off riots that led Kyle Rittenhouse to kill two men and wound a third in self-defense.
He added that “you cannot rely on diversity quotas” in the workplace “to find out if somebody is competent or not.”
After playing a clip of a reporter asking White House press secretary Jen Psaki about whether anyone asked Gins to tweet something positive about Harris, Perino brought in co-host Jesse Watters to get his take on that as well as the anonymous staffers who have ripped the VP in previous news reports.
“Kamala’s office is like what would happen if the [NFL’s] New York Jets became vice president,” Watters joked. “It would just be a comedy of errors that everybody would enjoy.
“I think it is a little unfair, though, for the Washington Post to put out this juicy quote — ‘soul-destroying criticism.’ You can’t say that and not give us a direct quote,” Watters added.
Later, he called criticism of Harris “low-hanging fruit” because “the real dysfunction in the White House is Joe Biden.”
“He is overseeing a cascade of policy failures. He’s mentally unfit, he’s almost physically unfit to do the job — clearly — and they’re going after Kamala because it’s easy,” he said, adding that the press should scrutinize the president the way Harris is being scrutinized.
Co-host Katie Pavlich helped wrap up the segment by noting that the same media now tearing at Harris built her up during the 2020 campaign after she became Biden’s choice for running mate, and after her own unsuccessful presidential bid.
“They didn’t vet her at all” when it came to a number of issues, Pavlich said.
Jesse Watters, for his part, asked the more serious journalistic question, “was she giving wedgies?”
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