In an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” over the weekend, Vice President Kamala Harris proclaimed that she has not been “set up to fail,” in spite of widespread media reports regarding Democrats’ perspective of her portfolio.
In an interview with Margaret Brennan, Brennan directly asked Harris whether or not she believed that she was “being set up to fail.”
“No,” Harris replied affirmatively, “I don’t believe I’m being set up to fail.”
Harris continued on to remark that she is the vice president of the nation, which means that anything she is currently handling is “a tough issue,” as that issue “couldn’t be handled at some other level.”
The vice president continued on to remark that the nation has several “big, tough issues that need to be addressed,” though since she has enjoyed a “lifelong career” that centers on difficult issues, her current responsibilities are “no different” relative to the past.
During the interview, Brennan also pressed Harris on whether or not she was facing additional “scrutiny” for being both a “minority” and a “woman” in office.
However, Harris demurred and said that she would leave that response “for others to deal with.”
“I have a job to do,” Harris brayed, “and I’m going to get that job done.”
In spite of Harris’s insistence that she has not been set up to fail, a report from Politico indicated that various members of Harris’s staff have declared that working under the vice president is an “abusive” experience.
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top,” a close aide to Harris revealed, adding that “short fuses” and an “abusive environment” are the norm under the vice president.
Earlier in the year, some of Harris’s top staffers abruptly departed, including Ashley Etienne, Harris’s communication director, as well as Symone Sanders, Harris’s chief spokesperson.
Per Politico, other Harris staffer are also “eyeing the exits.”
However, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has proclaimed that it has been “natural” for Harris staffers to “move on” to other opportunities.