Vice President Kamala Harris acknowledged a “level of unease” among Americans – and channeled one of the lowest moments of Jimmy Carter’s presidency – in an interview this week.
âI fully understand that there is a level of discomfort,â Harris said Thursday during an appearance on “PBS Newshour,” in response to a question about why President Joe Biden’s social spending program has stalled.
Harris has sought to link Americans’ fatigue with the ongoing COVID crisis to falling Biden poll numbers amid rising inflation and high energy costs.
“We’ve been in this thing for two years, you know,” Harris said at anchor Judy Woodruff. âPeople – we want to get back to normal, we all do. “
Critics quickly took to the comment, which referred to the so-called “Discomfort speech” of July 1979 – a disastrous speech that blamed Americans for the economic difficulties that had sparked widespread anger against his administration.
“Jimmy Carter 2.0”, Fox News commentator Michael Tammero noted on Twitter.
Carter’s speech, which foreshadowed his electoral defeat by Ronald Reagan a year later, made the term âuneaseâ taboo among American politicians.
Harris’ comment aired just hours after she sparked outrage over a speech at the United States Capitol that equated the January 6 riot with some of the most heartbreaking and murderous days in American history, including the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. .