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New reports indicate that Vice President Kamala Harris’s office has a toxic culture where staffers are living in constant fear of “backstabbing.”
Since taking office, reports have flurried that Harris’ office has been a chaotic environment without any unified mission or cohesion of any kind.
Over the weekend, a staffer who works for Harris took to Twitter to try and claim that he loves his job.
He also included an off photo of himself sitting at his desk.
“Hi. My name is David Gins. I work for Vice President Harris on behalf of the American people as Deputy Director for Operations and absolutely love my job. Just thought some of you should know,” he tweeted.
Hi. My name is David Gins. I work for Vice President Harris on behalf of the American people as Deputy Director for Operations and absolutely love my job.
Just thought some of you should know 😀 pic.twitter.com/VPuYv9bpbp
— David Gins (@davidmgins) December 5, 2021
According to The Hill, leaks have swirled that indicated Harris’ office was ripe for a purge of unhappy staffers, with some staffers saying, “no one seems happy” and that due to “too much dissatisfaction … they had to turn over the office.”
“There was no real flow chart. I think there was a constant fear of backstabbing,” one person told the Hill about the communication department.
“Its obvious things aren’t in a great place, so I understand the urge to sub in a new team but that misdiagnoses the problem,” another insider told the Hill of Harris’s office. “The problem is there has never been a coherent strategy. It has always been an operation that lurches from one chaotic moment to the next.”
One source said it’s clear that Harris “feels adrift without her people,” including her sister Maya, who was a senior adviser on her presidential campaign.
Last week, another top aide from Harris’ inner circle at the White House announced she is leaving her position.
Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Harris and her chief spokesperson, announced that she will leave the White House at the end of the year.
Symone Sanders, Vice President Kamala Harris' chief spokesperson and senior adviser, is leaving the Biden administration at the end of the year, according to a source familiar with the decisionhttps://t.co/DD8Vbdo36p
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 2, 2021
There’s more chaos at the White House following reports of a serious feud between Kamala Harris and Joe Biden.
Ashley Etienne, Harris’ communications chief, has left her position at the White House to ”pursue other opportunities,” Vanity Fair reports.
Etienne — a former staffer to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama — joined Harris’ team shortly after the 2020 election.
”Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” the official said. ”She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”
🚨Kamala Harris' communications director, Ashley Etienne, leaving after reports of tension between Biden's aides and VP's office.
Is Ashley Etienne the one leaking reports about Biden and his staff being racist and sexist? pic.twitter.com/86oh4IWD5c
— Alexander Higgins (@kr3at) November 18, 2021
Rumors are flying that Biden’s administration is at least looking into the idea of replacing Harris as vice president and having her nominated to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
White House insiders are painting a picture of total chaos and discontent between Biden and Harris, according to CNN.
“Kamala Harris is a leader but is not being put in positions to lead,” a top Democratic donor said. “[Biden] should be putting her in positions to succeed, as opposed to putting weights on her. If you did give her the ability to step up and help her lead, it would strengthen you and strengthen the party.”
The CNN report also claims there’s a rumor that Biden has considered booting Harris from the vice presidency altogether and nominating her to a Supreme Court vacancy.
“That chatter has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit, according to one person who’s heard it,” CNN reported.
CNN’s report claims Biden allies in the administration have avoided dealing with Harris because they see “entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus” from her.
“She’s perceived to be in such a weak position that top Democrats in and outside of Washington have begun to speculate privately, asking each other why the White House has allowed her to become so hobbled in the public consciousness, at least as they see it,” the report said. “Republicans and right-wing media turned Harris into a political target from the moment she was picked for the ticket. And implicit racism and sexism have been constant.”
Allies to Harris have essentially accused members of Biden’s circle of being racist for not defending her.
A former Harris staffer, who spoke to current aides and Harris allies, said, “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.”
The MSM is finally catching up on the White House Shade War!
Welcome to the party pic.twitter.com/VXE8AYyip3
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 15, 2021
Over the summer, a new survey revealed that several Democrat strategists are alarmed at Harris’ sinking poll numbers and are questioning whether she would actually harm the party in the 2022 midterm elections.
With Harris being so unpopular, strategists worry that she won’t be able to help Democrats on the campaign trail next November.
Harris has become the most unpopular vice president six months into an administration since at least the 1970s.