Vice President Kamala Harris (D) got upset when “Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie asked her about President Biden’s comment on “free and fair elections.”
When Harris tried to dodge the question and talk about Democrats’ efforts for voting rights legislation, Guthrie pointed out that the bills were discussed in Congress and failed last night.
The interview that was supposed to be about her one year anniversary of the inauguration turned into a heated morning show exchange.
Biden was asked by a reporter Wednesday if the midterm elections would be “legitimate” and he replied “it all depends.”
“Is he really concerned that we may not have fair and free elections?” Guthrie asked.
“The president has been consistent on this issue,” Harris said. “And the issue is that there are two bills – the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act – that have been the solution that has been offered to address the fact that around our country, states have put in place laws that are purposely making it more difficult for the American people to vote,” Harris said.
Guthrie pushed back: “The specific question, if you don’t mind – does he think, now that these bills haven’t been passed, that the ’22 midterms won’t be legitimate or fair or free?”
Harris snapped back, “Let’s not conflate issues.”
National radio host Todd Starnes called out Harris on Twitter:
“The vice president getting a bit snippy on The Today Show,” Starnes said.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki played clean up for the same remarks Harris responded to.
“Lets be clear: @potus was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election. He was making the opposite point: In 2020, a record number of voters turned out in the face of a pandemic, and election officials made sure they could vote and have those votes counted,” Psaki tweeted.
“He was explaining that the results would be illegitimate if states do what the former president asked them to do after the 2020 election: toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact. The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We’re fighting to protect it,” she added.
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