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Questions are being raised over why Vice President Kamala Harris’ incoming press secretary, Kirsten Allen, deleted over 10,000 tweets between Jan. 3rd and Jan. 10th.
Data from Social Blade, a social media analytics firm, shows that she deleted exactly 10,598 tweets within the seven-day span between the 3rd and 10th.
The deletion came just mere days after the VP’s previous press secretary, Symone Sanders, formally stepped down from her post as planned, raising the question of whether Allen had known at the time that she was on Harris’ shortlist.
A Harris spokesperson has for their part said that “Allen was not in contact with the vice president’s office until February of this year,” as reported by Fox News.
Questions are also being raised over the content of the deleted tweets.
“While deleting tweets is sometimes a normal part of political job transitions in Washington, a person deleting over 10,000 tweets weeks before accepting a job in the vice president’s office raises questions about the content on her page before it was scrubbed,” Fox News notes.
Did she write something anti-white, which is commonplace for left-wingers? Did she write something anti-American, which is also common among the left? What exactly did she write, and why did it merit being deleted?
— Kirsten Allen (@knicole_a) March 23, 2022
To be fair, she already worked for the VP once in the past. She specifically worked as Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign deputy national press secretary and African American media director.
She also previously worked as deputy communications director for the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee and communications director for the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
Moreover, she currently works as national press secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “COVID Response” program, a position she’s had since February of 2021.
Below is a screenshot of her LinkedIn profile:
The fact that she didn’t delete her tweets while in these roles suggests there’s nothing nefarious in them. But it’s also equally possible that she’d suspected that her role as the VP’s press secretary would place her at especially high risk of politically motivated attacks, which in turn would make it worthwhile to delete any potentially offensive tweets.
But the irony is that by deleting 10,000+ tweets, she’s inadvertently put a giant target on her head, with critics now hounding her on Twitter and demanding to know what exactly she’s allegedly trying to hide.
WHY DID YOU DELETE 10,000 TWEETS????
— Kyle Nish (@Wasatchbay) March 24, 2022
@knicole_a so what are you hiding by deleting 10,000 tweets. CYA huh. Just like a liberal. At some point they have to CYA and delete tweets and written thoughts
— Bill Dee (@seger01) March 24, 2022
If someone has time to send over 17,000 tweets, and then filter and delete 10,000 of them, probably not the person for the job…Indicator of someone who spends too much time on social media, and and not enough doing her job…
— nivek (@alien_expanse) March 24, 2022
Allen’s not the first public figure to delete tweets in the wake of a new job. Nor will she likely by the last. And to be clear, this is a very bipartisan issue.
Even then-newly minted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci fell prey to this phenomenon after tweets of him writing extremely liberal thoughts and reportedly trash-talking then-President Donald Trump went viral in 2017.
Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017
The irony is that the deleted tweets appeared to show the real Scaramucci. Because after he left the administration soon after, he wound up becoming one of the media’s beloved anti-Trump voices.
Dovetailing back to Allen and her tweets, most critics were sorry for her, despite her apparent joy at securing the gig on Harris’ staff.
Why? Because of Harris’ failures at being vice president, at running a competent office and at retaining staff.
In fact, critics expect Allen to last no more than three months tops.
— Kirsten Allen (@knicole_a) March 23, 2022
I give it 3 months at most
— Julie Ganter (@chikkafritz) March 24, 2022
Run as far away from the VP train wreck as possible
— Chris (@Chris44294023) March 24, 2022
Historic is right! That being said I doubt it’s a part of history where you’ll want your name mentioned. 😅
— The Dude (@Merican_AF_1776) March 24, 2022
Is that supposed to be a promotion? pic.twitter.com/EUcMef6Wal
— Maureen (@BrwnIydgrl) March 24, 2022
— Brian Doherty (@BDOH) March 23, 2022
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