Kamala Harris is struggling to cope with the pressure she feels from her critics in the media, as well as her personal sense that she is being overlooked by the Biden administration. Despite Biden referring to her as “President Harris” multiple times, she has reportedly expressed feelings of unequal treatment and decreased respect due to her gender and race.
Individuals within Harris’ circle have apparently complained of the hard tasks she has been given, and Harris herself has concluded that if she were white and male, she would not have the same negative news coverage as she receives.
As her approval rating declines, Harris has reached out to the equally unpopular Hillary Clinton for guidance. In an interview, Hillary complained about the unfair way women are judged in the political field.
“There is a double standard,” said Hillary. “It’s sadly alive and well. A lot of what is being used to judge her, just like it was to judge me, or the women who ran in 2020, or everybody else, is really colored by that.”
Typical Hillary, grasping at any excuse she can find for why she was never elected President. What’s worse is she’s now using the excuse of gender inequality to explain all criticisms given to women in/running for office.
California Rep Karen Bass voiced her support and understanding for Harris’ “unfair” treatment as well, saying, “I know, and we all knew, that she would have a difficult time because anytime you’re a ‘first,’ you do. And to be the first woman vice president, to be the first Black, Asian woman, that’s a triple. So we knew it was going to be rough, but it has been relentless, and I think extremely unfair.”
It is ignorant to suggest that Harris and other females in similar positions of power receive too much criticism or pressure based on their gender. Do they not remember how much hate and criticism was thrown at Trump? And Biden continues to face (much deserved) intense public backlash. In fact, every political figure EVER has received harsh, negative commentary from their opposition. For Harris to act surprised at this and for other women to expect opponents to take it easy on her does a disservice to all other women working hard in male-dominated fields and in positions of power.
This is not to say there are no challenges to being a female in the historically male-dominated field of political office. However, Harris cannot continue to blame her declining ratings and increased criticisms on her gender or race. Maybe she should reflect on her own shortcomings and work to fix the things she doesn’t like. At some point, Harris needs to wake up and realize that criticism is a permanent part of holding the position of VP and has to learn to deal with the pressure without complaining about what’s ‘unfair’.