A new book claims tensions between Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden began even before Inauguration Day when the vice president’s team expressed displeasure with the infamous vogue cover that showed her wearing sneakers.
“In the two weeks leading up to Inauguration Day, Harris sent aides to solve the coming problem of voguebased on an exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming book, This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future, speak New York Times journalists Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns,” Politico reports.
Journalists write the leaked photo featuring the VP in Converse and the skinny pants make Kamala Harris appear ‘approachable’ while giving her a ‘less than grand representation’. When Harris expressed doubts, vogue switched to the more traditional photo for its “digital cover” while the Converse cover was sold as a limited edition.
“Harris was hurt. She felt belittled by the magazine, asking her aides: vogue portray another world leader in this way? claims the book.
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Harris’ publicist Symone Sanders initially lamented the photo for vogue editor Anna Wintour, who allegedly claimed at the time that she personally chose the photo, adding that it made Harris more “relatable”. Tensions between Kamala Harris and Joe Biden only erupted from there, according to Politico:
New chief of staff Tina Flournoy was caught “off guard by anger in Harris’s circle” and reached out to a senior Biden campaign official. Given the myriad crises the country is going through and the recent Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, “[t]Biden adviser told Flournoy now is not the time to go to war with vogue on a relatively trivial aesthetic question. Tina, the counselor said, these are first world issues,” according to the excerpt.
It was an early indication that members of the Biden-Harris teams were on different pages with different priorities.
Martin and Burns report that the vice president’s office grew to believe that Joe Biden’s “white inner circle” did not properly respect Kamala Harris and that the vice president “feared that Biden staff would look down on her.”
“She focused on real and perceived rebuffs in a way that the West Wing found tedious,” the book claims.
Harris also reportedly felt snubbed by the White House when she scoffed at a suggestion from the vice president’s staff that she would “oversee relations with the Nordic countries — a low-risk diplomatic mission that could have helped Harris to adapt to the international scene in welcoming places. like Oslo and Copenhagen.
“White House aides dismissed the idea and privately mocked it,” the book claims. “More irritating for Biden’s aides was when they learned that the vice president wanted to plan a major speech to lay out her vision for foreign policy. Biden aides vetoed the idea.