David Gins: Kamala Harris aide slammed for 'trying too hard' as he posts about loving his job

David Gins defended his boss on Twitter following a searing report that described Harris as a 'bully' to her staff


                            David Gins: Kamala Harris aide slammed for 'trying too hard' as he posts about loving his job
David Gins (L) defended Kamala Harris after a bombshell report painted his boss as a bully' (Twitter/@davidmgins, Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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An aide to Vice President Kamala Harris was heavily mocked on social media after he appeared to respond to the exodus of staffers from her office by publicly announcing how much he loves his job.

David Gins defended his boss on Twitter following a searing report on The Washington Post that described Harris as a "bully" who dished out "soul-destroying criticism". At least 18 people connected to the VP spoke to the newspaper after two high-level staffers confirmed their departures. They claimed Harris was "not willing to do the prep and the work" by often failing to read briefings they'd prepared and later turning on them if she was deemed unprepared by the media.

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“Hi. My name is David Gins. I work for Vice President Harris on behalf of the American people as Deputy Director for Operations and absolutely love my job,” the Harris staffer tweeted. “Just thought some of you should know," he added in defense of his boss. Gins, who has previously worked for the Georgia Democratic Party, President Biden’s 2020 campaign, and the Civis Analytics data firm, attached alongside a photo of himself sitting stiffly behind a desk in a federal office. The picture revealed a large photo in a gilt frame on the wall showing Harris standing behind a desk next to second gentleman Douglas Emhoff.

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However, Gins's tweet sparked an uproar on social media, with many suggesting he was being less than candid over fears of losing his job. "You look like you’re going to the gallows, bro," author Buzz Patterson tweeted. "David blink twice if you were told to tweet this under duress," Minnesota House Republican Andrew Wagner quipped.

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"David, please post a photo of you holding today’s newspaper," one Twitter user joked. "We understand you are in danger. We will send help," another added. "Good for you, David. You in no way look or sound like somebody's just out of frame, holding a sign that says, "Make this sound good if you ever want to work again"," a sarcastic comment read.

"You know it’s bad when you have staff having to post they love their job in an attempt to downplay the issue, if there was no issues they would simply ignore & get on with the work. Easy to see things aren’t what they should be. They’re trying too hard," someone else chimed in. "Because Kamala lacks charisma & real-world management experience, she struggles to recruit & retain top talent. Weird that you felt the need to post this Tweet...you must not be top talent. You're the warm body in a chair typing out Tweets," another alleged.

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The Post reported of Harris' controversial management style that had apparently caused her top-level staff to reconsider their gigs. It cited recent resignations by four people tasked with shaping her public image, including her chief spokesperson Symone Sanders and communications chief Ashley Etienne. As noted by the New York Post, Harris' failed presidential bid in 2020 was also plagued by reports of disgruntled staffers, including a top aide who resigned after claiming in a letter that she had "never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly.”

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks as US President Joe Biden listens during an event on the American Rescue Plan in the Rose Garden of the White House (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked during a daily briefing if anybody had asked Gins “to put out a positive tweet" or he did it on his own accord. “I’m not aware of any ask for a positive tweet or a specific tweet," Psaki responded. "But I work with a number of people who certainly are looking forward to continuing their jobs.”

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