VP Kamala Harris Spars With Charlamagne Tha God After Joe Manchin Question
During an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris via teleconference for his new late-night show Tha God’s Honest Truth on Comedy Central, host Charlamagne Tha God visibly upset the VP when he asked the question, “Who is the real President of this country, is it Joe Manchin or Joe Biden?
Charlamagne was referring to West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin‘s blocking of several key initiatives championed by President Joe Biden. Most recently, the moderate Democratic senator appeared on Fox News Sunday to announce he will not be voting for Biden’s Build Back Better plan, a $2 trillion social and environmental bill that the Biden camp was hailing as a key achievement of the administration.
Harris immediately retorted dismissively with, “No, no, no, no. It’s Joe Biden. And don’t start talking like a Republican about asking whether or not he’s President.” VP Harris was visibly incensed, shaking her finger at the screen and adding firmly that “I’m Vice President, and my name is Kamala Harris.”
Harris then went on to list the goals and accomplishments of their Administration like their expanded Child Tax Credit program, which is now in danger of ending soon because the continuation of the tax credit was part of the Build Back Better plan.
“I hear the frustration,” Harris says in her concluding statement, “But let’s not deny the impact that we’ve had, and agree also that there is a whole lot more work to be done.” Harris ends her response by saying that she will not give up on pursuing the promised goals of the Administration.
Charlamagne responds by saying that this more passionate, incensed Harris is the “one I’d like to see more often…”
After the question, an aide speaks up offscreen saying, “I’m sorry I interrupted, but I don’t think the vice president can hear you.” Charlamagne later says to someone off-camera, “They’re acting like she can’t hear me.”
This isn’t Harris’ first interview with Charlamagne. Her interview on Charlamagne’s radio show The Breakfast Club garnered controversy when she admitted to smoking marijuana because she convicted more than 1900 marijuana offenders while serving as San Francisco’s District Attorney.