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vice president Kamala Harris was trolled by critics on Tuesday for a picky response during a radio interview, where she was asked to explain the Ukrainian crisis to listeners.
Harris joined “The Morning Hustle” to discuss the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, President Biden‘s nomination of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and Biden’s upcoming State of the Union address.
When asked at one point to explain the crisis abroad in “simple terms” for concerned listeners, Harris replied slowly: “Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists alongside Europe. ‘another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia decided to invade a small country called Ukraine, so basically it’s wrong.’
Critics have lashed out at Harris for his elemental explanation of a war that has already claimed thousands of lives, with some questioning his understanding of the conflict and others mocking his curious choice of words.
“OH…MY…GOD,” tweeted GOP strategist Greg Price, alongside a clip of the exchange.
“It gives me so much anxiety,” Meghan McCain replied. “It’s like my 16-year-old niece answering that question.”
Clay Travis, founder and podcast host of “Outkick,” tweeted, “If you don’t know what’s going on in Ukraine and you have an IQ of 14, Kamala Harris is here for you.”
Washington Examiner editor Seth Mandel called Harris’ explanation of the war “terrifying”.
“She just has a real inability to speak normally to [people]”, wrote Mandel. “The simple terms do not mean ‘assume the public has never heard of Russia…'”
“Apparently Vice President Kamala Harris thinks the average American secularist is 4 years old,” echoed Federalist editor Ben Domenech. “You will hear higher levels of explanation of international affairs in Peppa Pig.”
Former Trump White House adviser Kellyanne Conway called Harris’s response “embarrassing,” remarking that it’s “no wonder smarter staffers than her quit.”
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Harris, who faced a staff exodus at the start of the year, has been plagued by historically low job performance ratings, with Real Clear Politics’ average of all the most recent national surveys giving it a 37.5% approval rating and a 51% disapproval through February 24.
The Americans also gave the administration failing grades on its handling of the economy after inflation. reached its highest rate in 40 years in January.