Does Jill Biden dislike Kamala Harris? FLOTUS said VP can 'go f**k herself' after 2019 debate blowup
First Lady Dr Jill Biden's friendship with former FLOTUS Michelle Obama has been touted through the years much like the one between their respective husbands. But what is the relationship between Jill and the historic first-ever woman Vice President Kamala Harris? It's all laughs and solidarity from what they have presented so far in their public appearances and otherwise. Sure there hasn't been active hugging, given the pandemic regulations, but at a glance it looks like the FLOTUS and VEEP are good friends.
A new book, however, begs to differ. Documented by Atlantic reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere in his new book, 'Battle for the Soul', there are some interesting behind-the-scene tidbits from a 2019 debate between President Joe Biden and Harris. During a Democratic primary election debate, Harris had slammed Biden’s history of opposing busing of Black children to desegregated schools in the 1970s while delivering the much talked about line: “That little girl was me!” This reportedly led to Jill slamming Harris and even cursing her.
In the wake of this attack - right on the stage, immediately after Harris had hurled her criticism against Biden, he had turned to Pete Buttigieg on stage and mouthed "some f**king bullshit" about the comments made. The next few days involved Biden's team clapping back on the comments made as Harris kept topping the polls. And while all seemed calm and composed on the surface, deep down, Harris had managed to leave Jill rather rattled - alleges Dovere's new book.
“She had watched the debate from her seat in the opera house, about ready to jump out of it,” writes the author, adding: "She’s small and a community college professor. Most people forget that she’s proudly still the Philly girl who likes to tell the story of when she showed up at the door of a boy named Drew who’d been throwing worms at her 9-year-old sister, and, in Jill’s telling, 'pulled back and punched him in the face'. Jill was and is the guardian of the Biden honor, the Biden id. She couldn’t bear to watch a woman who called herself a friend of her son’s—although Beau was not her biological child, she’d raised him his entire life as if he were—try to tear her husband down, to score a point at a debate.”
Just a week after the debate in question - which was held in Miami - Jill was allegedly on the phone with close supporters to slam Harris and her comments. “With what he cares about, what he fights for, what he’s committed to, you get up there and call him a racist without basis?” she allegedly said, adding "Go f**k yourself.”
Harris had targeted Biden during the debate as she brought up his 1970 stance on busing and desegregation of schools. According to the writer, Harris needed much convincing to take the approach, with many asking “Are you sure this is the right thing to do?” The concern was that should she lose the war of words with Biden, it could lose her the role of the office that she was initially running in the primaries for, not just to become vice president. Things however seemed hopeful for her during the debate when the topic of race came up.
“I’m going to now direct this at Vice President Biden: I do not believe you are a racist, and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground,” she said. “But I also believe, and it’s personal – it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing." She then continued: "And, you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me.”
This left Biden visibly taken aback, prompting him to claim she mischaracterized his position. When the commercial break finally came up, Biden turned to Buttigieg and blasted Harris's comments saying “Well, that was some f**king bulls**t,” writes Dovere. Biden and Buttigieg did not know each other back then, but the former South Ben mayor has since become the 46th POTUS's Secretary of Transportation.
Twitter however has been left shocked and stunned that the FLOTUS could ever utter those words about the vice president. A concerned user wrote "Dr. Jill better watch out—Kamala will put her on her Enemies List!" referring to recent claims about Harris keeping a list of reporters she considers racist, or who "don't fully understand her." Others believe "This is such a desperate attempt to create drama where there is none. They’re good." Some also defended Jill, tweeting "Maybe, because she actually loves her husband vs. the former guy who didn’t even live under the same roof as Melania." And another tweeted defending Jill saying: "She swore, she didn't pose nude or and say "Fuck Christmas" like the last first lady."
Dr. Jill better watch out—Kamala will put her on her Enemies List!— Vanessa Peveto (@vb1961) May 19, 2021
I just said that about my sister.😂— Glory (@CDonatac) May 19, 2021
This is such a desperate attempt to create drama where there is none.
They’re good pic.twitter.com/e6iE2e2bQK
Maybe, because she actually loves her husband vs. the former guy who didn’t even live under the same roof as Melania.— 𝕸𝖆𝖗𝖎𝖕𝖔𝖔𝖕𝖔𝖔𝖕𝖔𝖔 (@maripoopoopoo) May 20, 2021
She swore, she didn't pose nude or and say "Fuck Christmas" like the last first lady— Johanna (@Annahoj737) May 20, 2021