Vice President Kamala Harris recently traveled out to southern California and has offered no details about her trip, even denying reporters from watching her depart from Joint Base Andrews in Washington. Our “free press” isn’t even allowed access to the executive government anymore. This must be the “democracy” they’ve been talking about.
The overnight trip in the Coachella Valley did not include her husband Doug Emhoff, who is currently in Virginia campaigning for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe.
VP Harris has no public events scheduled for the visit and local Democrats said it is unlikely they would be meeting with her while she is there. Elle Kurpiewski, the political director of the Democratic Headquarters of the Desert, shared that nobody was aware of the vice president’s scheduled visit.
The trip is about 100 miles east of Los Angeles at the Sonoran Desert city in Riverside County, with Democrats still fighting over President Joe Biden’s reconciliation packages. The White House only shared that the vice president would remain overnight in Palm Springs Friday night before returning to Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
While the reason for the trip is still unknown, Palm Springs Mayor Christy Gilbert Holstege welcomed the vice president vaguely. She did not give a reason for the trip either. “Welcome to Palm Springs, Madam Vice President,” she wrote on Twitter.
VP Harris witnessed a heavy law enforcement presence as she dropped down in the Coachella Valley. She was escorted by city police off of Ramon Road, where less than a dozen drivers were allowed to pass. When one of the drivers asked what was happening, one city officer simply replied, “Someone’s coming.”
VP Harris was just in California two weeks ago to campaign for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall campaign, as well as a trip earlier to tour the U.S-Mexico border. She only visited the weakest part of the border once despite being the ‘border czar’ to handle the entire crisis. The crisis continues to get worse each month.
The vice president is also still playing cleanup after she was caught nodding to comments a student made at George Mason University about Israel. The student characterized Israel’s actions towards Palestinians as “an ethnic genocide and a displacement of people.” Multiple leaders reached out to the White House and expressed their concerns.
Harris’s deputy national security advisor Phil Gordan and Herbie Ziskend, however, tried to make it clear that Harris did not agree with the statements that the student made. Harris’s team reached out to the Democratic Majority for Israel, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Anti-Defamation League, telling them that the vice president remains “very strong” in her commitment to defending Israel and Israel’s security.
“The vice president strongly disagrees with the student’s characterization of Israel. Throughout her career, the Vice President has been unwavering in her commitment to Israel and to Israel’s security. While visiting George Mason University to discuss voting rights, a student voiced a personal opinion during a political science class,” said Harris’ spokeswoman, Symone Sanders.
But William Daroff, the CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, shared that she failed to correct the student, which is both “problematic” and “does not reflect her commitment to a strong US-Israel relationship. He adds that it also fails to reflect her commitment to the President and Administration.
The White House continues to make excuses for Harris, whether that be for her secret trips to California or nodding her head about Israel’s action’s being an “ethnic genocide.” She continues to rank as one of the lowest vice presidents in history – and for good reason.