BUSINESS INSIDER – An incensed Jill Biden vented “go f— yourself” after Kamala Harris implied Joe Biden was racist in a June 2019 primary debate, according to an excerpt of The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere’s forthcoming book, “Battle for the Soul.”
“With what he cares about, what he fights for, what he’s committed to, you get up there and call him a racist without basis?,” Jill Biden said on a call with “close supporters” about a week after the contentious debate, based on an excerpt of the book that was published Wednesday in Politico Magazine.
“Go f— yourself,” Biden added.
The now-first lady’s press secretary Michael LaRosa did not deny that Biden made the explicit remark.
“Many books will be written on the 2020 campaign, with countless retellings of events — some accurate, some inaccurate,” LaRosa told Politico Playbook in a statement. “The First Lady and her team do not plan to comment on any of them.”
Harris and her team decided to land a strategic punch on Biden in the debate to boost her fundraising and standing in the polls as 2019’s second fundraising quarter drew to a close.
At that point in the race, Biden was facing scrutiny over his long and complicated record on racial justice issues including school busing and criminal justice — a news cycle partly driven by the opposition research work of Harris’ team, according to Dovere’s book.
Right before the debate, Biden garnered controversy for comments he made at a New York City fundraiser fondly remembering the days of “civility” in the Senate when he worked with people he didn’t agree with, including two Democratic senators who supported segregation.
“I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son,'” Biden said.
“Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished.” … Click here to read more.
What Kamala Harris Has Learned About Being Vice President
Everyone expects Harris to run for president again one day, but her job requires her to avoid even the appearance of preparing for her political future.
“Harris’s focus on Americans who have been left out of the government’s considerations has produced results: She helped push for the administration’s COVID-equity task force, mobile units to bring vaccines into neighborhoods that don’t have easy access to health care, and broader education efforts to reach vaccine-hesitant minority populations.”
EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, MAY 17, 2021
THE ATLANTIC – Air force two is a smaller plane than Air Force One. The exterior is the same light-blue and white, but unlike the commander in chief’s plane, the vice president’s aircraft is open plan—from the back, you can see all the way to the front, where a small office doubles as a bedroom.
Kamala Harris spends most of her Air Force Two flights in that office, with the door closed. She doesn’t work the plane, the way Joe Biden or even Mike Pence did.
The vice president flew on Air Force Two to Los Angeles for Easter weekend, then to Oakland, her hometown, for events the following Monday.
As Harris strode down the stairs, the angle of her head and the pace of her step deliberate, California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis started a round of applause. Kounalakis was still gushing when I caught up with her by phone a week later.
“She carries the mantle of this big job in a way that seems very natural,” she said. “To arrive with so much pomp and circumstance, but then to go to a water-treatment plant and then a small business—the juxtaposition underscores the work at the center of her start on the job.”
Critics of Harris see her vice presidency so far as a collection of unconnected set pieces. Harris arrives somewhere with the plane and the motorcade and the Secret Service agents, makes a few mostly bland statements, then tells whomever she’s meeting with about how she’s going to bring their stories back to Washington. Then she’s quickly out of sight again.
She marvels aloud to aides about how the president is the same in private as he is in public—a fact that is striking to her because she is still getting to know him, and because her public and private personas are different: She is much looser, and talks more about herself and her experiences, when the cameras are off … Click here to read more.