Vice President Kamala Harris was representing the U.S. at a summit for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)… and it didn’t go well.
Harris gave a speech on clean energy and sustainable infrastructure. Before long, she succumbed to her usual gaffes, and the international audience noticed.
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Specifically, Harris repeated the phrase “work together.”
According to the White House transcript, she said:
Our world is increasingly more interconnected and interdependent.
That is especially true when it comes to the climate crisis, which is why we will work together and continue to work together to address these issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to work, operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements that we will convene to work together on to galvanize global action [emphasis ours].
Take a look —
KAMALA: "We will work together, and continue to work together, to address these issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to work operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements, that we will convene to work together…We will work together" pic.twitter.com/AblARhoSQj
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Harris earned some mockery on Twitter.
One user retweeted the video and added, “Can I get a beer to go with this word salad?”
She also faced ridicule from the regional press.
News 18.com in Nepal ran a headline saying, “Kamala Harris Says ‘Work Together’ Repeatedly in ‘Word Salad’ and Twitter is Confused.”
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Although Nepal is not a member of ASEAN, News 18.com has demonstrated Harris’ embarrassing effect on the U.S.’s reputation abroad.
For her verbal errors, Harris has earned unfavorable comparisons to the fictional Vice President Selina Meyer from the TV series Veep.
In fact, Harris began her speech with the word “robust,” and one episode of Veep revolves around the vice president’s overuse of that word.
“Welcome, again, to the ASEAN leaders,” Harris said, according to the transcript. “We just had a very robust and productive conversation this morning covering very important issues that are part of our collective goals of working together [emphasis ours].”
Harris sounds straight out of a sitcom.
Take a look at this TV clip from 2013 –
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Harris also spoke more specifically about her three-pronged approach to global warming.
One, we will mobilize billions of dollars by leveraging public, philanthropic, and private financing directed at clean energy and climate-smart infrastructure.
Second, among the many initiatives will be an initiative to launch new partnerships on sustainable transportation and forest conservation.
And third, as a point of personal privilege for myself, I — I am the chair of the National Space Council for the United States. And together, we will expand what we can do to share satellite data in a way that will help ASEAN nations prepare and respond to the climate crisis and the resulting extreme weather.
“This is a matter of urgent priority for all of us,” Harris concluded. “And I know we will work on this together.”
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