After being asked Friday if Joe Biden was the “real” president, Vice President Kamala Harris reacted angrily. Harris’ forceful reply is not well received.
Charlamagne Tha God was finishing a long interview with Charlamagne Tha God, when Charlamagne asked Harris if he knew who the true president was: Joe Biden (D) or Sen. Joe Manchin.
But before Harris could answer the question, Symone Sanders, Harris’ top communications aide, interrupted the interview. “I’m sorry, we’ve got to wrap,” Sanders said. Charlamagne then turned to his producer and said, “They’re acting like they can’t hear me.” When Harris confirmed that she could, in fact, hear Charlamagne, the host asked his question again.
“So who is the real president of this country? Is it Joe Manchin or Joe Biden?” Charlamagne asked.
“C’mon Charlamagne, c’mon, it’s Joe Biden,” Harris responded. The vice president then became visibly angry.
“No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, it’s Joe Biden, and don’t start talking like a Republican about asking whether or not [Biden is] president,” Harris continued. “And it’s Joe Biden, it’s Joe Biden and I’m vice president and my name is Kamala Harris.”
Charlamagne replied that Harris liked Harris’ angry answer to his question after listing the Biden administration’s accomplishments. “That Kamala Harris — that’s the one I like,” he said. Then the interview ended.
Harris’s response was not well received by some and she was accused of “gaslighting Charlamagne”.
“They feel empowered saying stuff like ‘Don’t start talking like a republican’ because some of y’all let Biden get away with questioning your Blackness for hesitating to vote for him,” the “Faithful Black Men Association” Twitter account, with nearly 100,000 followers, responded.
Black commentator and author Dr. Boyce Watkins said that Harris was essentially questioning blackness by telling Charlamagne to “don’t begin talking like a Republican.”
“When #KamalaHarris tells Charlamagne ‘Don’t start speaking like a Republican’, she basically says, If you don’t vote Democrat then you ain’t black! Watkins stated.
“They haven’t done anything, and now they’re hoping that if they claim they did those people will believe it,” said another about Harris’ response.