Vice President Kamala Harris, aside from her disastrous and humiliating low polling numbers, has also had to contend with a staffing crisis of epic proportions, and the latest entry is causing yet another round of embarrassment for her office.
According to Fox News, Jamal Simmons will soon become Harris’ new communications director, in what appears to be an attempt to shake things up in her office. However, Simmons apparently comes with some baggage that doesn’t exactly reflect the same narrative pushed by the current White House, including a 2010 tweet about illegal immigrants for which he’s now been forced to apologize.
In the tweet, Simmons wrote, “Just saw 2 undocumented folks talking on MSNBC. One Law student the other a protester. Can someone explain why ICE is not picking them up?”
As a pundit at the time, little did Simmons know that in 12 years, he’d be working for one of the most pro-illegal immigrant White House administrations in U.S. history. As a result, Simmons was forced to do some serious damage control over the past few days.
“I sincerely apologize for offending those who care as much as I do about making America the best, multi-ethnic, diverse democracy it can be,” Simmons wrote, as he fell on his sword.
He added: “I know the role I am taking on is to represent the Biden-Harris administration, and I will do so with humility, sincerity and respect.”
“As a pundit for much of my career I have tweeted a lot and spoken out on public issues. Sometimes I have been sarcastic, unclear, or just plainly missed the mark,” Simmons added in his statement.
Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy counsel at the American Immigration Council, was one of many illegal immigrant advocates and activists that took issue with Simmons’ past rhetoric concerning illegal immigrants, even going as far as saying Simmons used “bigoted” terms to describe that particular group of people.
What looked to be an attempt to get Harris back on track on the public relations front has now turned into yet another vice presidential disaster.