Thanks to two New York Times reporters who are spilling the tea in an upcoming new book, it’s clear that the Biden-Harris relationship got off to a rocky start, to say the very least.
According to Fox News, a spicy excerpt from Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns’ forthcoming book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future, described the process of Joe Biden’s choosing of a running mate in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. Jill Biden reportedly had a fair amount of input.
“Why do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe,” Jill Biden reportedly said at the time, adding emphasis that “There are millions of people in the United States.”
Clearly, Jill Biden was no fan of Harris, and she was obviously referencing the brutal verbal attack Harris launched against then-candidate Joe Biden in the Democratic primaries during a debate, when she essentially painted him as a flat-out racist.
While Jill Biden had no interest in helping a woman who had embarrassed her husband on a national stage more than once, others in Joe Biden’s circle were fully onboard with selecting Harris, a woman of color, for the veep spot.
One of those close advisers is Ron Klain, who thought at the time that choosing someone like Harris, who’d been quite aggressive toward Joe Biden, would show the American people that forgiveness is still a thing.
“Yes, Harris had attacked Biden more harshly than any other major candidate in the Democratic primaries. Yes, the Biden family had seen it as a smear and a betrayal. In Klain’s assessment, that would work to Biden’s advantage,” the authors wrote.
They added: “Choosing Harris will show people that you are magnanimous and forgiving, Klain told Biden. It will show the country just what a unifying leader you can be.”
Others were considered
Harris wasn’t the only VP pick in the running for a potential call.
According to the new book, other high-profile Democrats like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham were also reportedly on the shortlist.
Notably, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was gunning hard for the position, but reportedly did “not pass the test,” with her failed run at the governor’s mansion reportedly weighing heavily in that decision to overlook her.
Hilariously, out of all of the women in the running, Biden’s advisers considered Harris the “safest” pick of them all. One wonders how much buyer’s remorse they’re experiencing right about now.