‘Everybody’s laughing’: VP Harris’s joke flops during speech
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 Times‘ reporting.
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“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.
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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.
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