Columnist Calls For Harris To ‘Step Aside’

A prominent newspaper columnist argued that Vice President Kamala Harris should “step aside” for the upcoming election. The focus on President Joe Biden’s choice for vice president comes amid speculation regarding who Republican presumptive nominee former President Donald Trump and independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. may select as their running mates.

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker said that Harris’ time in the White House has been “disappointing” and a “burden” to Biden’s ticket.

“The Kamala conundrum comes down to this: She was picked because she was Black and female, a combo tantamount to job security. Now that she has become a burden to the Democratic ticket, Biden can’t fire her. He can’t risk alienating his base,” wrote Parker.

The vice president received some attention for attending a roundtable discussion regarding possible marijuana law reform. As California’s attorney general, Harris aggressively enforced anti-marijuana statutes.

Another vice president has also made it into the news lately, with former Vice President Mike Pence telling Fox News on Friday that he would not endorse his former running mate. Pence’s statements stand in contrast with a large proportion of Republican elected officials who have backed the former president.

“I made it clear there were profound differences between me and President Trump on a range of issues, not just our difference on my constitutional duties that I exercised on January 6,” said Pence. As I have watched his candidacy unfold, I’ve seen him walking away from our commitment to confronting the national debt. I’ve seen him starting to shy away from a commitment to the sanctity of human life.”

There is also considerable speculation regarding who Trump and Kennedy may choose as their running mates. Kennedy has floated the idea of choosing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a Super Bowl champion, as one choice. Rodgers endorsed the candidate last year.

The independent candidate is also reportedly considering former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura (I), who also was a nationally-famous wrestler.

Trump has praised several figures who have been speculated as his potential choice, including Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Trump has previously stated that he’s already made his choice.