Vice President Kamala Harris has yet to truly justify to the American people just what kind of person we got as the #2 in the country. However, when she spoke up about the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, she gave a great example of how she likes to not only oversimply the problem but explain it like she was talking to a three-year-old.
On Tuesday, she appeared on The Morning Hustle where she was slated to talk about the conflict in Ukraine. However, these soundbites are stranger than anyone expected. “So, Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia is a powerful country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine. So basically, that’s wrong… We threatened sanctions to hopefully deter Russia…You know like if you’re a parent and you tell your children, ‘Well, if you do this, the punishment is gonna be that.’ Right? And we hope that by doing that, it will deter our children from doing the wrong thing.”
First off, how do you go on a national TV show and explain things to the host like he’s a 5-year-old who is incapable of fully grasping the concept of war? We have seen people baked out of their minds give better explanations. Guilty people facing death by firing squad provide better stories than she did. This isn’t a conflict about who’s bigger. This is about the Ukrainian people retaining their independence and not becoming another chunk of Russia.
It’s also about Biden protecting his image. By being in bed with a country with such a sketchy political past, Biden must tread carefully should the full transgressions of him, his family, and others in his party be revealed. On the same note, he cannot draw out the military into yet another land war. We just left Afghanistan after 20 years – to say our men and women could use some decompression time before the next long-term conflict is an understatement.
Hearing VP Harris offer up this kind of explanation gives the impression that this is how she is able to explain things to Biden. Nobody who was once considered to be a great speaker and public servant slips into pre-school explanations that easily unless they have had extensive practice, and it is now engrained as a part of their psyche. Perhaps this is how she needs to speak to Biden on a daily basis.
Talking to the American people and to those in the media like they are children is insulting. Even kids know when you are talking down to them, and the American people are a lot smarter than people like VP Harris like to give us credit for. Giving us this kind of explanation is not what right looks like and it’s not what the country should expect from its leadership.
She did give us a warning a few days before this appearance. While appearing at a Black History Month celebration Harris gave the press this little nugget. “When folks vote, they order what they want, and in this case, they got what they asked for.” Unfortunately for Harris, the American people didn’t order her and her horrific explanations, and the interference from people like Michael Bloomberg to get more Democrats eligible to vote in battleground states like Florida handed them the election. This was not the order America made. Who in their right mind would have voted for two people with the speaking skills and intelligence of a pair of elementary students?