Vice President Kamala Harris has recently come under fire for a photo she posted on her Twitter page in February 2023. The photo, which was taken in July 2021, showed Harris with a young girl wearing a mask. Harris captioned the photo with a message about empowerment, “My message to Black women and girls everywhere: Never ask for permission to lead.”
My message to Black women and girls everywhere: Never ask for permission to lead. pic.twitter.com/vimjDeItFG
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 19, 2023
The post has sparked criticism from many, as it appears to contradict President Biden’s recent statement that “COVID no longer controls our lives.” This has led to accusations of hypocrisy from the Democratic party, as other prominent Democrats such as Stacey Abrams have come under similar fire in the past for photos of masked children.
Many have also criticized the Biden administration’s handling of the pandemic, questioning why he is delaying a decision he appears to have already made to end the public health emergency on May 11. This has been further compounded by Harris’s own actions, as she was forcing children as young as two to take COVID tests in order to take photos with her as recently as January.
The photo and message have been seen by many as a representation of what the Democratic party has become. It has been argued that the photo and message represent an unintentional honesty, as it appears to be an example of child abuse perpetrated in the name of “science”, while also promoting an empty message of empowerment.
The backlash towards Harris’s post is indicative of the current political climate in America, where even small actions can be seen as hypocritical and divisive. It is clear that the issue of COVID is still a contentious one, and that many Americans are still feeling the effects of the pandemic. It remains to be seen how the Biden administration will handle the situation going forward, but it is clear that Harris’s post has caused a stir.
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