Amid social media furor over a tone-deaf Memorial Day tweet which failed to note the very reason for the holiday, Vice President Kamala Harris took another crack at paying tribute to America’s fallen heroes on Sunday, according to the New York Post, but in the eyes of many, the gesture was simply too little, too late.
The embarrassing flap began when Harris took to the social media platform Saturday to post a photograph of her own grinning face and to urge her followers to “Enjoy the long weekend,” omitting any reference to the true meaning of Memorial Day, something which drew the ire of the Twitterverse almost immediately.
Enjoy the long weekend. pic.twitter.com/ilGOrod4AW
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) May 29, 2021
Notable among Harris’ detractors was House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) who reminded the vice president, “Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember and express our gratitude to the men and women in uniform who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It’s NOT just a long weekend.”
Perhaps finally reading the room, or possibly at the behest of panicked advisors, Harris scrambled to make things right on Sunday, posting a message that read, “Throughout our history our service men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country. As we prepare to honor them on Memorial Day, we remember their service and their sacrifice.”
Harris’ delayed mention of the purpose of Memorial Day did not sit well with some observers, many of whom viewed it as a cynical ploy to dodge the negative reaction generated by her initial tweet. Tim Murtaugh, former Trump campaign communications director suggested that the second post came “24 hours after googling ‘Memorial Day.’”
Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli seemed to agree that Harris’ Sunday message was little more than a public relations move unsupported by any actual patriotic sentiment, likening the post to “Clean up [on] aisle 5.”
Harris’ original “long weekend” tweet remains visible on her official government account, perhaps an indication, as PJ Media’s Matt Margolis hypothesized, that the vice president’s handlers believe that removing it would be seen an admission of just how terrible it truly was.
Considering Harris’ track record of disrespectful gestures toward members of the military – repeatedly declining to salute honor guard members and making a woke joke at this year’s Naval Academy commencement come to mind – Saturday’s tweet should come as no surprise. But that does little to lessen the sting for those who observe the true and solemn meaning of Memorial Day each and every year.