Charlamagne Tha God to Kamala: “I want to know who the real president of this country is"

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To put it mildly, things are not going well for the first female black/Asian American vice president. Even in normally friendly territory, Kamala is being bombarded with questions holding her accountable for the actions of the Biden administration.

On Friday Kamala sat down for a virtual interview with Comedy Central’s Charlamagne Tha God. It did not go well. She became so flustered with his line of questioning that she told him to not start talking like a Republican. Ah yes, another slap to Republicans by President Unity’s hyper-political vice-president. Charlamagne’s interview with Kamala turned ugly when he asked her a very simple question – who is the real president? Is it Joe Biden or is it Joe Manchin?

“I want to know who the real president of this country is — is it Joe Biden, or Joe Manchin?” Charlamagne asked on his Comedy Central show, “Tha God’s Honest Truth,” while he and Harris discussed Democratic Sen. Manchin’s opposition to some liberal spending legislation being debated on Capitol Hill.

Harris answered that President Biden was the nation’s leader – then expressed disappointment with the question.

“C’mon, Charlamagne,” she said. “No, no, no, no, it’s Joe Biden,” she repeated as he tried to give his reasons for the question.

“And don’t start talking like a Republican, about asking whether or not he’s president. … And it’s Joe Biden, it’s Joe Biden and I’m vice president and my name is Kamala Harris,” she added defiantly.

Yikes. She got so defensive that she offered up her position and name for him. It was a decent question coming from a progressive who is no doubt as frustrated as other Democrats over Biden’s inability to get Build Back Better voted on in the Senate. As we all know, Joe Manchin has skillfully positioned himself as the person who makes or breaks Biden’s agenda in the Senate. He usually goes along to get along at the last minute with the rest of his party but before he does, he makes life uncomfortable for the president. Kamala, by the way, is supposed to be in charge of ushering Biden’s legislative agenda through the Senate. It’s one of the jobs Biden says he gave to her, especially the voting rights legislation which is a federal takeover of elections to benefit the Democrats. That hasn’t gotten through the Senate, either. The Senate has now left town for their holiday break and BBB has not received a vote.

You can’t blame Charlamagne for the question because Joe Biden himself has repeatedly referred to Kamala as the president. He did it again yesterday as he delivered the commencement address at South Carolina State University. He was there with Rep. James Clyburn, who is the only Democrat and the longest-serving member of South Carolina’s congressional delegation. Clyburn is credited as a kingmaker in South Carolina Democrat politics. If it were not for his endorsement of Biden, Biden would not have won South Carolina’s Democrat presidential primary in 2020. South Carolina State University is the state’s largest historically Black college. Biden was trying to get in a reference to Kamala’s alma mater, Howard University.

Oof. Harris reminded Charlamagne that the Democrats have a thin majority in the Senate and that’s why they can’t get their agenda through. It’s the same thing that Republicans used to tell Trump when Republican legislation was held up. The majority just isn’t large enough to ram bills through. Senator Manchin, as well as his wingman, Senator Sinema, know that the folks back home don’t think that Joe Biden received a mandate from voters to radically transform the country, though that is Biden’s expressed goal.

Charlamagne told Kamala that Manchin’s holding out on the BBB legislation is hurting black people. No, no, Kamala pushed back as she blamed those mean ole Republicans for not going along with the trillion-dollar-plus behemoth of a social spending bill. Charlamagne told her he wants her to be the “superhero” that saves our democracy. “That Kamala Harris — that’s the one I like.”You can’t make this stuff up. When was Kamala ever that person? She has no legislative accomplishments from her brief time in the Senate.

“I think it’s a mistake to try and think about this only through the lens of Democrats versus Democrats when the fact is Republicans are consistently and unanimously standing in the way of progress,” Harris told the host.

“I hear the frustration, but let’s not deny the impact that we’ve had and agree also that there is a whole lot more work to be done and it is not easy to do,” she said. “But we will not give up and I will not give up.”

This wasn’t the only time on Friday that Kamala had a less than stellar performance media performance. She was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times and admitted that the Biden administration didn’t see the Delta variant coming during the pandemic and they were caught just as flat-footed by the Omicron variant.

“We didn’t see Delta coming. I think most scientists did not — upon whose advice and direction we have relied — didn’t see Delta coming,” she said. “We didn’t see Omicron coming. And that’s the nature of what this, this awful virus has been, which as it turns out, has mutations and variants.”

In the interview, she denied that Biden declared “independence” from the virus prematurely in his July 4 speech. At the time, Biden said, “While the virus hasn’t been vanquished, we know this: It no longer controls our lives. It no longer paralyzes our nation. And it’s within our power to make sure it never does again.” We know now that he was way off base in making such a statement.

“We have not been victorious over it,” she said. “I don’t think that in any regard anyone can claim victory when, you know, there are 800,000 people who are dead because of this virus.”

She points to misinformation about the virus and vaccines as the problem for not being as successful as the administration would like in getting people to get vaccinated. The irony in that is she and Biden both spread plenty of misinformation, as did other Democrats when Trump was in office. The vaccine was ready and starting distribution in an all-time record period of time. She said she would not get the vaccine while Trump was in office.

Harris hedged when asked in September 2020 whether she would take a vaccine if it was approved before the election, saying it would be “an issue for all of us” because “I would not trust Donald Trump.” She added, however, that she would trust “a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability. … I will not take his word for it.

Someone needs a mirror.