White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to say whether President Biden would support Vice President Kamala Harris in a future presidential run after recent reports suggesting a worsening relationship between the President and Vice President.
“There are a few reports from over the weekend that the Vice President is unhappy,” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked. “Can she expect the President’s automatic endorsement if she decides to run herself in either 2024 or 2028?”
“Well, first of all, the President selected the Vice President because — to serve as his running mate because he felt she was exactly the person he wanted to have by his side to govern the country,” Psaki said. “She’s a key partner. She’s a bold leader. And she is somebody who has taken on incredibly important assignments, whether it is addressing the root causes of migration at the Northern Triangle or taking on a core cause of democracy in voting rights.”
“So that is who the President selected,” Psaki continued. “I don’t have any predictions of whether she will run when she will run; I will leave that to her. But I can tell you that there’s been a lot of reports out there, and they don’t reflect his view or our experience with the Vice President.”
“And so you guys have not heard that the Vice President or key members of her staff are unhappy?” Doocy asked.
“Here’s what I know, Peter: I know that the President relies on the Vice President for her advice, for her counsel,” Psaki said. “She’s somebody who is not only taking on issues that are challenging. She’s not looking for a cushy role here — no Vice President is, no President is — and that she’s somebody that is a valuable member of the team.”
Over the weekend, CNN released a detailed report based on interviews with numerous Harris aides about how Harris has grown bitter as Biden appears to be distancing himself from the vice president as she has become the most unpopular vice president in modern history.
For example, Harris aides claimed that Harris does not receive the same support from Biden as others, pointing out how the White House defended Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as he was criticized for abandoning his job amid a supply chain crisis to secretly take paternity leave with his husband after the adoption of his twins in September.
Harris loyalists told CNN that it was “yet another example of an unfair standard at play, wondering why she didn’t get similar cover any of the times she’s been attacked by the right.”
They even went as far as suggesting Biden was racist for supporting Buttigieg, with one aide saying, “It’s hard to miss the specific energy that the White House brings to defend a White man, knowing that Kamala Harris has spent almost a year taking a lot of the hits that the West Wing didn’t want to take themselves.”
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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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