During a Friday interview on “The 11th Hour” with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, President Joe Biden claimed that Vice President Kamala Harris hasn’t gotten the “credit” or “attention she deserves.”
In his first interview since announcing his reelection campaign, Biden spoke about his often-mocked vice president, arguing that she’s “very, very good.”
Ruhle prompted these comments by questioning Biden as to why Harris was featured so heavily in his reelection campaign announcement.
“…in your first video you feature Vice President Harris 10 times. When Obama was in that position, he didn’t mention you, sir. What are you trying to tell us?” the MSNBC host asked.
“We just had a slightly different style of how we do things,” Biden responded. “Look, I just think that Vice President Harris hasn’t gotten the credit she deserves.”
“She was an attorney general of the state of California,” he added. “She has been a United States senator, she is really very, very good. And with everything going on, she hasn’t gotten the attention she deserves.”
Biden on MSNBC: "I just think that Vice President Harris hasn't gotten the credit she deserves." pic.twitter.com/s7hG2a7HME
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Biden’s comments come as many have speculated throughout his presidency that Harris will likely be forced to take over when the president’s cognitive decline becomes too much of a burden for him to continue in his position.
Ruhle went on to ask him about this possibility, stating: “Critics would say you’re elevating her because they think you wouldn’t serve a full term, and it is fair to say that there’s not Fortune 500 company in the world looking to hire a CEO in his 80s. So why would an 82-year-old Joe Biden be the right person for the most important job in the world?”
“Because I have acquired a hell of a lot of wisdom and know more than the vast majority of people,” Biden claimed, despite recently being fact-checked by a child on the question of what country he had just returned from days earlier.
“I’m more experienced than anybody who’s ever run for the office,” he continued, adding: “And I think I’ve proven myself to be honorable, as well as effective.”
The idea of Harris taking over the presidency has been especially concerning for her critics, who point to her constant “word salad” speeches as evidence that Harris is out of her element in the White House.
In an apparent reaction to Biden’s assertion that Harris is “very good” and doesn’t get enough “credit,” compilations of her “word salad” speeches have gone viral on social media.
Try not to CRINGE at the ultimate Kamala Harris word salad supercut🥴
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 5, 2023