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An MSNBC panel hailed Vice President Kamala Harris’ Polish press conference as a strong message against Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday’s “Cross Connection” show.
MSNBC contributor Errin Haines appeared with Pepperdine University professor Nola Haynes to discuss Harris’ European trip as she tried to reassure allies against the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Although Harris was criticized for her recent press conference with the Polish president, Haines and Haynes thought the vice president excelled.
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“Going back and looking at the transcript between her and the Polish president, I think the commitments were very clear,” Haynes said. “I think she was strong. She asserted herself. And let’s not forget. She’s a woman in the Senate. Who shook senators, you know? Who shook Bill Barr. Like, this woman is very capable, and reading some of these thought pieces sort of infantilizes her, saying, is she ready to do it? Can she do it? Of course she’s in. Of course she can. make.”
Haines added, “And that’s yet another element of her lived experience that she really brings to this role as vice president at this time of crisis, and that’s her role as prosecutor, isn’t it? She’s someone who’s used to kind of taking on the bad guys for a living, and so she really puts her finger on Vladimir Putin’s chest and says there will be consequences.
However, Haynes admitted that Harris’ message was likely rejected by Putin due to “the intersectionality of his race and gender”.
MSNBC host Tiffany Cross also noted that Poland, the country that hosted the vice president, is itself guilty of rampant white supremacy and discrimination on its borders.
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“Racism certainly doesn’t pause during times of conflict. I mean, if anything, it’s absolutely present during those times,” Haines said.
While some media tried to defend Harris’ European trip, her press conference was the target of scathing criticism. Critics accused Harris of being ill-prepared and awkward during her joint appearance with Polish President Andrzej Duda. After a reporter asked about Ukrainian refugees, Harris was seen laughing while saying “A friend in need is really a friend”, causing Duda to respond first.
Harris’ habit of appearing unprepared was a frequent criticism of her during the Biden administration.
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