The communications director for Vice President Kamala Harris resigned on Thursday. Ashley Etienne’s resignation comes after growing criticism of Harris, as well as speculations that the Biden and Harris camps are at odds.
Etienne was a longtime top adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). She served as communications director twice for Pelosi, and also worked in the Obama White House. Harris and Biden’s poll numbers have plummeted, and Harris has been criticized greatly for her lack of involvement, particularly as it relates to border security.
Biden placed Harris in charge of assessing where migrants come from, and she has given little to no reprieve except for by saying more trees should be planted in the home countries of the migrants.
Ashley’s resignation will take effect next month, and a White House official told Fox News “Ashley is a valued member of the Vice President’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration…She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”
The White House has struggled in recent days in the wake of a recent scathing CNN report that outlined frustration and dysfunction in Harris’ office. ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked the vice president if she feels “misused or underused” by the Biden administration. She laughed in response.
“No, I don’t,” the vice president said.
The CNN piece touched a nerve in the White House, with press secretary Jen Psaki tweeting out a defense of the vice president that appeared to be in direct response to the article. Harris’ approval rating was a dismal 28% in one recent survey, a historically bad number for a vice president.
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United States Sees Highest Murder Rate in 25 Years
Crime has been spiking at an aberrant rate, hitting the highest murder rate in 25 years. Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis are among the large liberal cities shattering records for 2021 murder reports.
Data analyst Jeff Asher examined FBI data, reported by the New York Times, which shows the 2021 murder rate was estimated to be 6.9 murders per 100,000 people. That is a mere .5 percent lower than the 1997 murder rate of 7.4
Rising crime rates have prompted policy makers to focus on the increasing mental health and homeless crises sweeping the nation. Some say that is not helpful for a full and comprehensive approach.
Former New York Police Department Commissioner Howard Safir said there is more to be looked at such as “cancel culture and wok mentality that assumes the police are racist and brutal.”
Not only that, liberal policy makers have been incredibly soft on crime, as well as unsupportive of law enforcement. “If crimes continue to be committed in large numbers, and police continue not to have the backing of politicians and the public, then they’re not going to do their job the way they did when I was commissioner” Safir told Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
The murder of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer in broad daylight as she worked at a luxury furniture store in Los Angeles last week points to a huge failure in our justice system. The young UCLA student was knifed to death by a homeless man, Shawn Laval Smith, who not only has a lengthy rap sheet from across the country, but “was currently free on a $1,000 bond from a misdemeanor arrest in Los Angeles County in October, 2020, sheriff’s records show” reports the Daily mail.
Smith has also been arrested and charged with violent crimes in at least three states. He was also free on a $50,000 bond from Charleston, South Carolina, after allegedly firing a weapon toward an occupied vehicle in 2019.
Murders in Los Angeles last year reached 397, the highest it’s been in 15 years. The NYPD reported its highest number of murders in ten years, with 488.
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