On Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Louisiana to tout last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law — and critics pounced on what she had to say.
Harris was speaking about the law’s potential to provide high-speed broadband to rural areas, some of which have previously needed to access internet through phone lines.
However, the video of Harris received most the attention over her strange choice of words. She repeated the phrase “the significance of the passage of time” four times in 30 seconds.
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“The governor and I — and we were all doing a tour of the library here and talking about the significance of the passage of time, the significance of the passage of time. So, when you think about it, there is great significance to the passage of time in terms of what we need to do to lay these wires, what we need to do to create these jobs. And there is such great significance to the passage of time when we think about a day in the life of our children,” she said.
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On Twitter, Republican P.R. professional Matt Whtilock compared Harris’ speech to a scene from the sitcom Veep. In one episode, the fictional vice president repeats the word “robust” even when inappropriate.
Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., took the opportunity to slam the inaction of the Biden-Harris administration.
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“There has been too much passage of time with nothing being done,” the congressman tweeted. “Biden really should get her permission to put someone else in charge of border security.”
Harris has been jetting around Louisiana, and Biden himself has announced plans to meet with European leaders, despite Harris’ meetings in Europe earlier this month.
Harris made other verbal missteps, too. She awkwardly repeated the word “good” after being introduced by a local student.
“I see so many friends here. It’s so good to be back in Louisiana. And Josi, thank you for that introduction! She and I were speaking backstage, and I have to tell you. I just love it when we see and have our young leaders participate, because they are what it’s all about. And I see many of our young leaders in the room today. So this is a good day. And I do know that our future is bright when I see incredible talent.”
At one point, she also thanked Gov. John Bel Edwards, D-La., for being “a great president,” but she quickly corrected herself.
“Governor, it’s great to be with you this afternoon,” she said. “You’ve been a great president — a great partner to the president, I mean, as we move forward… A great president of your state!”
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Harris has demonstrated a habit of repeating faux-inspirational phrases. In June, she hammered the phrase “root causes” after visiting Latin America.
She said in a speech:
My trip to Guatemala and Mexico was about addressing the root causes. The stories that I heard and the interactions that we had today reinforce the nature of those root causes: a lack of economic opportunity; very often violence, corruption, and food insecurity; and basic needs not being met, including a fear of cartels and gang violence.
So, the work that we have to do is the work of addressing the cause — the root causes.
In Louisiana, Harris eventually talked more concretely about the internet provisions of the infrastructure law.
“President Biden and I, we’ve been working day in and day out to build an economy that works for working people, an economy in which every person has what they need to get ahead and to thrive,” she said. “High-speed broadband internet is critical to that effort.”
She credited high-speed internet with allowing business owners to sell their goods during the pandemic.
“In the 21st century, high-speed internet is a necessity, full stop,” she said. “Far too many Americans simply cannot afford a high-speed internet plan.”
Far too many of our fellow Americans cannot afford the cost of a high-speed internet plan, and too many others do not even have access to such a plan.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will expand access to affordable broadband services to American households across the country.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 21, 2022
Kamala Harris on the "significance of the passage of time" is the most VEEP thing we've seen in at least a few weeks. pic.twitter.com/oiFsNFMwQu
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) March 21, 2022
Biden really should get her permission to put someone else in charge of border security. There has been too much passage of time with nothing being done. https://t.co/4wP5v8nLtf
— Rep. Austin Scott (@AustinScottGA08) March 21, 2022
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