Speaking at a forum on gender equity, Mr. Emhoff, the first man in the United States to serve in his location, said Ms. Harris suffered criticism due to here status of “first” in important works. She she is the first black person and the first woman elected vice president and the first black woman to serve as California attorney general.
“One of the things I learned from being married Kamala Harris is that being first in many things is difficult, “Mr. Emhoff She said. “She I once said that breaking barriers means breaking, and when you break something you sometimes cut yourself, and when you cut yourself, sometimes you bleed. … But it’s worth it.”
Hey he did not refer to specific criticisms of the vice president, who has experienced an extremely rocky 10 months in office, since here heavily ridiculed work as immigration czar for here price for a student who accused Israel of “ethnic genocide”. The day the couple left the United States for France, a poll showed Ms. Harris’ approval rate at 28%, an all-time low.
While Mr. Emhoff he was defending Mrs. Harris in the ornament Hotel de Talleyrand in Paris, a building once owned by the Rothschild family, a new mini-furore was developing at the home for the vice president who seemed to lapse into a false French accent during an event at the start of their five-day trip.
Political observers were scratching their heads after Mrs. Harris seemed to give a Gallic tinge to certain words on a tour of the Pasteur Institute.
“In the government, we campaign with ‘The Plan’,” Ms. Harris said. “Capital T, capital P. ‘Plan’. And then the environment is such that we are expected to defend ‘The Plan’ even when the first time we launch it there may be problems and it’s time to reevaluate and then do it again. “
Ms. Harris seemed to slip awkwardly into a French accent every time she said “The Plan” while addressing the institute’s French officials.
GOP operations filled up with hay with the viral clip.
“Kamala ‘Cringe’ Harris visits a group of French scientists and talks to them as if they were small children, complaining that people expect their elected officials to keep their promises,” tweeted GOP Rapid Response assistant Jake Schneider.
“Are you using a French accent ?! I love this episode of Veep, ”said Abigail Marone, press secretary to Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, on Twitter.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also ridiculed Ms. Harris.
“Vice President Harris’ clip is more than embarrassing on the world stage,” Pompeo told Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity. “Our opponents watch it and see the weakness. They see people who aren’t serious, they see people who aren’t determined exactly the opposite of what we’ve been doing for four years. It looks much more like the Carter administration in terms of how they view America as a danger to the world and apologize wherever they go. “
But late-night ABC presenter Jimmy Kimmel said this week that he believes Ms. Harris’ poor approval ratings are driven in part by racism and sexism, and also by her overshadowing of President Biden.
“Americans are not really happy with your vice president, Kamala Harris“Mr. Kimmel said during his monologue.”Kamala Harris has a 28% approval rating, which doesn’t make sense why she basically it has nothing to do. I mean, it’s like criticizing a backup quarterback. “
Hey he said, “I think I know why KamalaThe ratings are low, apart from sexism and racism, which are the obvious ones. It is because every time sheshe’s next to Joe Biden, standing next to or behind him, she looks like a killer. “
Administration officials were hoping that Ms. Harris’ diplomatic foray into France it will help strengthen its image as it works to smooth out recent tensions with America’s oldest ally.
In an event Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders, Ms Harris told a peace forum in Paris that the world faces “a dramatic increase in inequality, and we must stand up to face this moment”.
“Why does 1% of the world now own 45% of the world’s wealth?” she said. “Why does one in three women in the world suffer sexual or physical violence during her life? Why have we allowed so many of the world’s children to go hungry when we know we produce enough food to feed the whole world? “
He said the Biden administration is doing its part to correct the “systemic gaps” in social justice in the United States
“As we recover from this pandemic, from the crisis, we need to challenge the status quo and build something better,” he said. “For our part, the United States is committed to filling its own systemic gaps. In fact, it was a priority of our administration. “
He pointed to a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that President Biden will sign on Monday and said Congress is “ready to pass soon” a $ 1.75 trillion welfare package.
“Together, these laws are designed to lift people out of poverty, to make people with good jobs work, and to help fill the gaps that persist in our nation,” Ms. Harris said.
He also praised the nations at the top of the Group of 20 in Italy last month for approving a minimum global corporate tax.
“This deal will ensure that companies – no matter how large, no matter how global – will no longer be able to avoid paying their fair share,” the vice president said.
He said the United States has pledged $ 1 billion in COVID-19 vaccines around the world and pledged to double its aid to nations most at risk from climate change. But Ms. Harris said other nations need to work together on those goals.
“In the 21st century, addressing inequality is a strategic imperative for each of us, for our safety and health, our shared prosperity and our collective future,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Ms. Harris joined Mr. Macron for an Armistice Day tribute on the Champs Elysees to commemorate how France and the United States united to force Germany to surrender on November 11, 1918, the conclusion of the First World War.
The mending comes after a diplomatic quarrel is over France losing an agreement with the United States to sell submarines to Australia.