Vice President Kamala Harris shifted her focus towards gun control, seemingly in an attempt to bolster her presidential credentials. This move comes after a series of failures in her role as vice president, most notably her inability to effectively address the immigration crisis.
Harris, who has been heavily criticized for her performance as vice president, is now looking to the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention as a potential lifeline. Critics described her tenure as one marked by gaffes and missteps, with some even labeling her as the worst vice president in history.
The situation at the border is out of control. Where is Kamala Harris, the “border czar”?
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 29, 2023
Cesar Conda, a Republican strategist and former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, has been particularly vocal about Harris’s shortcomings.
He pointed out her appointment as ‘border czar’ resulted in a record-breaking number of illegal immigrants encountered at the border in August. This, he argues, is a clear indication of her failure to perform her duties effectively.
However, it’s not just her handling of the immigration crisis that has drawn criticism. Harris’s verbal gaffes and infamous cackle have also been a source of ridicule. Despite these setbacks, she seems to be eyeing the presidency, although her intentions are not yet clear.
The new White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention appears to be Harris’s latest focus. Her previous attempts to tackle the root causes of illegal immigration were unsuccessful, leading to a worsening of the problem.
Now, she seems to be hoping a strong stance on gun control will resonate with Democratic voters and improve her standing within the party.
Kamala Harris has been Vice President of the United States of America for almost 3 years.
Name her accomplishments: pic.twitter.com/C2r2oyxuw4
— 🇺🇸Travis🇺🇸 (@Travis_in_Flint) September 24, 2023
However, this move has not been without controversy.
Representatives for Harris disputed claims that she is responsible for the Biden administration’s immigration failures. Yet, she continues to come under scrutiny from Republicans, including potential 2024 candidates Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis.
Paul Henderson, a former aide to Harris during her time as San Francisco’s district attorney, believes that now is the time for her to regroup. He suggests her leadership on gun control could serve as a rallying cry for Democratic voters.
However, even within her own party, there are doubts about whether she is the right choice for Biden’s running mate in 2024, let alone a potential presidential candidate in 2028.
Ultimately, Kamala Harris’s shift towards gun control appears to be a strategic move aimed at salvaging her reputation and bolstering her presidential credentials. Whether this will be enough to overcome her previous failures and win over voters remains to be seen.