While delivering one of her signature “word salads” at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on Friday, Kamala Harris strongly stressed the importance of “working together” to solve the “climate crisis.” Within a span of 30 seconds, in fact, she repeated the phrase “work together” five times.
The ASEAN Summit is a biannual meeting held by the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to discuss economic, political, security, and socio-cultural development of Southeast Asian countries.
The ten ASEAN nations are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Harris focused her remarks on the Biden administration’s “collective goals of working together” to mitigate climate change.
“That is especially true when it comes to the climate crisis. Which is why we will work together, and continue to work together, to address these issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to work operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements, that we will convene to work together on. To galvanize global action. With that I thank you all. This is a matter of urgent priority for all of us. And I know we will work on this together,” she said.
Kamala: "We will work together, and continue to work together, to address these issues…and to work together as we continue to work, operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements, that we will convene to work together…We will work on this together"pic.twitter.com/wrklQopoMQ
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“I take it we’re going to work together on this thing?” quipped Sky News’ Rita Panahi in response to the clip on Monday.
“What a load of nonsense that was,” responded the Daily Telegraph’s James Morrow, adding that if you try to diagram Harris’ sentence, “literally it’s a bunch of post-it notes taken off the wall at a corporate retreat where they’re trying to figure out the mission statement for a company where nobody knows what they do.”
Harris has been roundly mocked and ridiculed in the recent past for delivering rambling word-salad remarks during public appearances—especially with foreign leaders.
After meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the White House last March, for instance, Harris said: “We also recognize just as it’s been in the United States, for Jamaica, one of the issues that has been presented as an issue, that is economic in the way of its impact, has been the pandemic. So to that end, we are announcing today also that we will assist Jamaica in COVID recovery by assisting in terms of the recovery efforts in Jamaica that have been essential to what, I believe, is necessary to strengthen not only the issue of public health but also the economy.”
“I am here, standing here on the northern flank, on the eastern flank, talking about what we have in terms of the eastern flank and our NATO allies, and what is at stake at this very moment, what is at stake this very moment are some of the guiding principles around the NATO alliance,” she stammered during her appearance with the Polish president.
She was also heavily criticized after giving a dumbed-down explanation of the war in Ukraine during an appearance on a radio talk show called “The Morning Hustle.”
“Ukraine is a country in Europe,” she said. “It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine so basically that’s wrong, and it goes against everything that we stand for.”
Harris has seen an unusually high turnover of staff allegedly due to her bullying behavior and poorly-run office.
Last month, her chief of staff Tina Flournoy was the latest staffer to head for the exits amid an ongoing exodus. Flournoy was the 13th staffer to resign in the last several months.
Harris has been described as a “bully” and a “soul-destroying” boss by ex-staffers, who told the Washington Post that she “fails to read briefing materials, then lashes out at others when she’s unprepared.”
“It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody who is willing to do the prep and the work,” a former staffer said. “With Kamala you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence. So you’re constantly sort of propping up a bully, and it’s not really clear why,” a source told the Post.