In the last couple months, Vice President Kamala Harris’ terrible polling has rebounded… slightly. For the last two months, she’s been polling at around 40 percent average approval, according to FiveThirtyEight’s poll aggregator.
Not good. But in comparison to her prior numbers — she was polling at a measly 28.9 percent in November — it was a huge improvement.
But don’t let those numbers fool you, though. She’s still the same old Kamala Harris, constantly mangling her words in faux-inspirational speeches.
On Thursday, she did it again. After meeting with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, she said, “So, to that end, we are announcing today also that we will assist Jamaica in COVID recovery by assisting in terms of the recovery efforts in Jamaica that have been essential to, I believe, what is necessary to strengthen not only the issue of public health, but also the economy.”
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“We also recognize — just as it has been in the United States — for Jamaica, one of the issues that has been presented as an issue that is economic in the way of its impact has been the pandemic,” she added.
Harris presumably meant to say that Jamaica’s pandemic response should address both public health and economic fallout.
In other words, she was stating the obvious… in a very unobvious and confusing way. She could have said that without cramming five verbs into one sentence.
She also uttered the hilarious redundancy “assist Jamaica in COVID recovery by assisting in term of the recovery efforts.”
Also, why would anyone want to “strengthen” an “issue”?
Harris gave the speech at her office in D.C. Take a look —
VP HARRIS: "One of the issues that has been presented as an issue that is economic in the way of its impact has been the pandemic… we will assist Jamaica in COVID recovery by assisting in terms of the recovery efforts in Jamaica that have been essential." pic.twitter.com/fVSr8Km6co
— Newsmax (@newsmax) March 31, 2022
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Jamaica’s prime minister has earned a reputation as a blunt speaker. Just last week, he made headlines for telling the British royal family that he intends to soon leave the British Commonwealth entirely.
Always the diplomat, though, Holness describes his meeting with Harris as productive. He said on Twitter that they discussed discussed not only the pandemic response, but also “violence reduction,” “regional energy security” and “expansion of commerce and trade.”
Harris offered her own summary of the meeting. From her office, she unveiled the Biden-Harris administration’s plans for more foreign aid to Jamaica.
“To that end, the United States — and I am announcing today — will be investing $20 million to assist in the strengthening and the expansion of Jamaica’s commerce in a way that we fully intend will have an impact in strengthening the economy of Jamaica and drive economic growth,” she said.
Harris hit all the same points as Holness. She touted the “$12 million in COVID assistance” donated to Jamaica since the start of the pandemic.
She added, “We have committed and we’re announcing now to provide $10 million to target at-risk youth in Jamaica through a number of initiatives that we believe will have exponential impact not only on the issue of crime prevention, but what we intend as well, which is to strengthen, as you have described, the natural human capital that exists in Jamaica among young people.
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Harris spoke about more broadly about partnerships in the western hemisphere, and she recounted her personal experience with visiting her father’s family on the island.
She also used the phrase “to that end” four times in about two minutes.
The Horn editorial team