Vice President Kamala Harris is facing backlash after a recent video clip of her went viral in which she gave a nonsensical word salad answer after being asked to define culture.
The clip was from a June 30 event at the Essence Magazine “Festival of Culture” that Harris attended. Essence Magazine describes itself as “the premiere lifestyle, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women.”
“Well I think, culture is, is a reflection of our moment and our time. Right?” she said. “And, and, and present culture is the way we express how we’re feeling about the moment and, and we should always find times to express how we feel about the moment. That is a reflection of joy. ‘Cause you know … it comes in the morning.”
“We have to find ways to also express the way we feel about the moment in terms of just having language and, and, and a connection to how people are experiencing life,” Harris continued. “And I think about it in that way, too.”
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On Friday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) responded to the clip by listing reasons Harris struggled with speaking engagements.
“She’s struggling for a couple of reasons,” Kennedy said. “Number one, she doesn’t appear to be prepared. Number two, no matter how well-prepared you are, you have to be able to express yourself. And with respect, I would say the vice president needs to work on being a little more articulate. Some might say that based on her performances that English is not her first, second, third, or even fourth language.”
“But number three, I think sound advice for anyone, politician or not, is always be yourself unless you suck. If you suck, have enough self-awareness to know you suck, and try to do better,” he added. “And I just don’t get the impression that the vice president is – she’s not being herself. She’s trying to sound smart instead of just saying what she believes and saying it in a clear articulate manner that the average American who’s busy can understand.”