As Kamala Harris battles her flatlining approval rating, the vice president has made some new hires in her inner circle to help improve her image, including White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s brother-in-law.
“Vice President Harris has brought on two new senior advisers in recent months as part of an effort to bolster her office’s capacity amid a heightened media profile and a growing portfolio,” a White House official told The Washington Post.
But she has been taken on politically difficult assignments — such as addressing the root causes of migration in Central America and tackling the volatile area of voting rights — where it is difficult to make immediate progress.
While the president is surrounded by many aides who have worked for him for decades, most of Harris’s White House staff had never worked for her before she took office, either in her Senate office or during her presidential campaign.
Recently, as the Southern border crisis continued to worsen, Kamala Harris compared images of border patrol agents on horseback intercepting Haitian migrants to the days of slavery.
“First of all, I’ve been very clear about the images that you and I both saw of those law enforcement officials on horses – I was outraged by it,” she said ABC this past Friday. “It was horrible and and deeply troubling. There’s been now an investigation that has been conducted, which I fully support and there needs to be consequences and accountability.”
“Human beings should not be treated that way and as we all know it also evoked images of some of the worst moments of our history, where that kind of behavior has been used against the indigenous people of our country,” she added.
The photographer who captured the viral moment said the images have been misinterpreted, especially the now-debunked assertion that agents were using whips.
“I’ve never seen them whip anyone,” photographer Paul Ratje told KTSM-TV.
“He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture,” he added.