A White House reporter’s description of Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent trip overseas as “gaffe-free” left conservative critics lauding accusations of bias while outraged liberals cried racism.
“VP Harris ends 5-day (gaffe-free) Paris trip [with] multiple themes,” Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg’s senior White House reporter tweeted after Harris’ trip was complete, noting her time spent attending forums and speaking with French president Emmanuel Macron.
VP Harris ends 5-day (gaffe-free) Paris trip w multiple themes—hours w Macron (global stage/sub tiff amends), research lab (covid/cancer/science), American cemetery (salute to war dead/US alliances), peace forum (inequality/women), Libya summit (democracy/elections) @AbacaPhoto pic.twitter.com/ZmlZL3r0oF
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 13, 2021
The addition of the trip being “gaffe free” could be a response to the vice president’s numerous verbal flubs in the past, which have landed her in controversy, but the description caused outrage among both Harris supporters and critics.
“You’d never have written that about a white guy,” one Twitter user wrote in response.
Seriously, what is your problem?
Don’t like women in important or powerful positions? People of color? Both together?
You’d never have written that about a white guy.
— Will of thee northern loons (@WMRine) November 13, 2021
“‘Gaffe-free’ is unnecessary and a lame attempt to weaken the rest of your statement about her remarkable schedule while in France,” another supporter commented.
“Gaffe-free” is unnecessary and a lame attempt to weaken the rest of your statement about her remarkable schedule while in France, where she represented the USA with grace, intelligence, and class. You should try that in your “journalism.”
— Maureen 🧡 Vaxxed but still not Magnetic 💉🚫🧲 (@MLGinFLA) November 13, 2021
Others mocked the idea that five days of being “gaffe free” should be celebrated, with some even noting Harris did cause a stir while on her trip, at one point speaking to French scientists on camera, using her hands to express simple words. Critics have accused the vice president of using the language barrier as an excuse to talk to others in the video like “toddlers.”
Kamala “Cringe” Harris visits a group of French scientists and speaks to them as if they’re toddlers, lamenting that people expect their elected officials to keep their promises. pic.twitter.com/93eoZEip4R
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) November 10, 2021
“I guess we’re pretending that awful fake accent thing never happened,” one user wrote.
I guess we’re pretending that awful fake accent thing never happened 😂 https://t.co/uhrkznIJcJ
— Pumpkin Spice Honkitude (@Mr_Honkitude) November 13, 2021
gaffe free? Au Contraire Mon Frère https://t.co/l7WHgIocZ3
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) November 13, 2021
Harris wrapped up her Paris trip on Saturday after visiting the Le Carillon bar, one of multiple locations targeted in the 2015 terror attacks that left more than 100 dead.