The all-too recent downing of a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina has American politicians talking, that’s for sure, but maybe not all of them should.
The truth is that we are living through the peculiar rite of passage of having a White House prone to abject gibberish – the likes of which not only confuses and needs correcting, but also gives the rest of the world a new angle from which to view the United States: The nation who would elect such gaffe-prone politicos.
The latest incident comes to us from the East Wing this time, as Vice President Kamala Harris was attempting to answer a rather simple question about the aforementioned espionage incident.
Harris’ latest bit of eyebrow-raising rhetoric happened during a recent MSNBC exclusive interview with MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell. During the segment, Harris discussed the balloon incident and America’s current relationship with China after the spy balloon was shot down near South Carolina.
The first notable aspect of the Vice President’s balloon discussion was that it featured another awkward word salad that she’s become known for. The second was that it included a strange description of the threat posed by the spy balloon itself.
Harris had some perplexing phrasing.
She stated, “We will maintain the perspective that we have in terms of what should be the relationship between China and the United States. That is not going to change, but surely and certainly that balloon was not helpful, which is why we shot it down.”
After some deciphering we’ll come to see that Harris is also committing the sin of suggesting that China’s incursion is no big deal, which is similar to her sentiment days ago as well.
Earlier this week, Harris insisted she believed that the Chinese spy balloon invading U.S. airspace should not affect the relation between the two countries. When asked by Politico Tuesday whether the balloon had changed things, she replied, “I don’t think so, no.”
President Joe Biden may very well be the king of the gaffes, but it appears as though he is no longer without competition.
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