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‘Everybody’s laughing’: VP Harris’s joke flops during speech

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During a Monday speech in North Carolina promoting President Joe Biden‘s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, Vice President Kamala Harris tried cracking a joke to the audience, but it did not appear to land.

“These opportunities are equally available women, as well as men,” Harris said, followed by applause from the attendees at Guilford Technical Community College, located outside of Greensboro.

As the applause died down, the vice president quipped, “Because there’s an interesting fact, in case you didn’t know. Hardhats are actually unisex.”

While Harris herself was laughing, no noise could be heard from the audience. A second later, she pointed to somebody in the crowd and said, “Everybody’s laughing,” and kept chuckling.

During her speech, she promoted the administration’s $20 billion proposal to convert the United States’ whole fleet of gasoline and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles, and to tout the president’s plans to create “good jobs,” according to The New York Timesreporting.

MORE ON INFRASTRUCTURE: Infrastructure Plan: Buttigieg defends tax hikes, non-transport proposals

“I believe you shouldn’t have to work more than one job to pay your bills and feed your family,” Harris was reported as saying. “One good job should be enough.”

Her speech also comes amid a crisis at the border that has seen a record-breaking number of migrants—especially unaccompanied children—illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as overcrowded migrant detention facilities with poor accommodations.

MORE ON THE BORDER: Biden calls border surge a ‘crisis’ for the first time

Harris was tapped by Biden late last month to be the administration’s public face for the border crisis. However, she and the president have yet to visit the border or the facilities, which has drawn increasing scrutiny.

RELATED: ‘MISSING AT THE BORDER’: Scalise crafts milk carton with Harris’ face for her failure to visit border amid crisis

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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