While delivering remarks in support of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda on Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris was targeted by a boisterous heckler who ultimately had to be escorted from the premises by security, as Fox News reports.
As part of her speech at the Edenwald YMCA in the Bronx area of New York City, Harris claimed that the massive infrastructure programs championed by Democrats involves providing assistance to working families as well as “being better on climate,” according to the New York Post.
It was then that a protestor stood up and began shouting that crumbling infrastructure in the Big Apple was to blame for the drownings of 13 city residents in the flooding that followed Hurricane Ida in early September.
“Eight families drowned here in Queens,” the demonstrator declared, adding, “It could have been prevented if we had the right infrastructure,” a likely reference to previous statements from city officials arguing that the outdated sewer system was responsible for the loss of life suffered following the storm.
Harris responded directly to the man, saying, “You are right brother,” prompting him to reply, “I am right about that.”
The vice president continued to engage with her vocal critic, answering, “I know you are. And how about you and I talk about that,” at which point the audience member started yelling about the Belt and Road initiative in China, though, according to Fox News, the gist of that question was rather unclear.
In what may have been an attempt to defuse the situation and return to her planned address, Harris assured the man, “You and I will talk after I give my comments, and I’m happy to talk with you,” after which point, security staff appeared and guided the man out of the room. WATCH:
Though some in the room cheered as the disruptor was escorted out of Harris’ orbit, given the host of escalating crises that continue to engulf the administration of which she is an integral part, the vice president should probably get accustomed to facing this type of outspoken opposition during public appearances.