Kamala Harris Laughs at Reporters When Asked about Afghanistan Crisis
VP cackles amid disaster in Kabul
Democrat Kamala Harris laughed out loud when reporters asked her about the escalating crisis in Afghanistan.
A reporter began questioning Harris about Americans still trapped in terrorist-controlled Afghanistan.
“Hold on, hold on, slow down, everybody,” Harris said as she began laughing.
“Uh, I want to talk about two things."
Reporter: “What’s your response to reports of Americans—“— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) August 22, 2021
Kamala Harris: “Hold on. Hold on. Slow down everybody. Hahaha. Um, I want to talk about two things. First, Afghanistan — we couldn’t have a higher priority right now.”pic.twitter.com/oUv9yAtDfk
"First, Afghanistan: we couldn’t have a higher priority right now,” she said.
“And in particular, our priority is making sure that we safely evacuate American citizens, Afghans who worked with us, Afghans at risk including women and children — and that is one of our highest, if not the highest priority right now.”
As she was not allowed to finish her question, it isn't clear what the reporter intended to ask Harris specifically.
But it seemed apparent she was about to ask Harris about Americans trapped in Afghanistan.
Harris's laughing came hours after Joe Biden laughed when a reporter asked about his poor performance in a new poll.
He said of the survey: "I haven't seen that poll."
Since the Taliban toppled the U.S.-backed Afghan government, Harris has remained silent and has been noticeably absent.
Harris disappeared from public view for around eight days since the crisis began, despite claiming she played a key role in the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan.
A senior administration official jumped to Harris's defense after taking a trip to Vietnam and Singapore, promising she would focus on the situation in Afghanistan.
Harris has a habit of laughing when faced with serious questions.
Prior to Harris visiting the U.S.-Mexico border, which took 93 days after being assigned to the post, she laughed during an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt when pressed about her delay in visiting.
Holt stated, “You haven’t been to the border.”
“And I haven’t been to Europe,” Harris said with a laugh.
“And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
Earlier this year, Harris also laughed during her remarks at a childcare center in Connecticut while discussing how the coronavirus pandemic caused "parents to see the value of educators.”
Harris claimed there was “an opportunity” for progress in certain aspects of American life, despite the pandemic.
But it is not clear why Harris laughed.
Harris saw favorability plummet amid the Afghanistan crisis.
The majority of Americans, 55%, say Harris is "not qualified" or "not at all qualified" to become president, a Rasmussen poll revealed.
Out of those polled, just 43% said Harris was either "qualified" or "very qualified" to be president.
The figure is a 6 percentage point drop compared to the same poll in April, where 49% said she was qualified.