In an apparent linguistic tour de farce, a preview clip of an upcoming interview with Vice President Kamala Harris featured foreboding hyperbole on what’s “at stake right now.”
Matching word salad wizardry with titanic teleprompter troubles, the vice president recently sat down with MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton. At one point during the conversation, the social justice warrior in residence at the corporate media network attempted what looked like a high dive into shallow waters with a probing question on what his guest is thinking of when she wakes.
“When you think about, they call it Bidenomics, some of the stuff that you and the president have done and getting through the people, you’re the vice president of the United States, the vice president, and you’re at the official residence,” began Sharpton. “When you wake up in the morning, what do you think about? What is Vice President Harris have on her mind when she wakes up?”
Snippets from the interview showed Harris making a big show of the gravity of the question as she expressed, “Our democracy. Rev, I think everything is at stake right now. When I think about democracy, I think of it as its nature is — there’s a duality, there are two pieces to it. There’s one aspect of a democracy that is about strength.”
“When a democracy is intact,” the clip cut ahead to, “it strengthens the people. It protects and fights for fundamental freedoms, individual rights. It’s a fight for order against chaos. It strengthens.”
“On the other hand, democracy, incredibly fragile,” she paused for dramatic effect. “It will only be as strong as our willingness to fight for it. And right now, there are many forces that are attempting to, purposely I believe, weaken our democracy, purposely attempting to erode a sense of pride in the fact that we, as the United States, have held ourselves out and have been considered to be one of the strongest democracies in the world.”
Harris went on to push her supposed deep veep thoughts as she likened the country to being a role model for the world.
“So, one of the things that is — one of the things I wake up thinking about is not only what an erosion of democracy will mean for the American people, what it will mean invariably for people around the world,” she continued. “Can you imagine the young women who are fighting in a country ruled by a dictator or an autocrat, and they’re fighting for just basic rights, and that autocrat, looking at them and saying, ‘well, you want to hold up the United States as your example? Look at what they’re doing. You be quiet.'”
While some critiqued the vice president for her typical aplomb at saying next to nothing, others latched on to the scare tactics employed.
This is the government the founding fathers warned us about.
— Realsteelersfansonly (@Fubar396) August 11, 2023
The scare quotes are pathetic.
— Elina Brantly (@ElinaBrantly) August 11, 2023
They are acting like elections no longer matter because they know they don’t.
— Horus Henrickson (@VorpalNabaztag) August 11, 2023
We know that you’re speaking Newspeak and when you say “our democracy” that you really mean Your political power. You’re right to be concerned. Your political power is ending and the more you fight it the faster your power disintegrates. That includes you @VP . Good luck.
— TroothSlooth (@flintdm) August 11, 2023
— Mimi Balone✊❌ (@MimiBalone) August 11, 2023
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