Politicians are often criticized for being out of touch with ordinary, American citizens, especially the politicians who are accustomed to lavish lifestyles in which they’re tended to for every possible want and need.
According to The Blaze, Vice President Kamala Harris bolstered the perception that many politicians haven’t a clue about the lives of everyday Americans after making a bizarre comment while opposing voter ID requirements in a recent interview. Harris claimed that voter ID is a bad idea because “rural” Americans lack access to photocopiers.
“There’s no Kinko’s”
Harris, who has experienced a string of bad PR over the past several weeks, certainly didn’t do anything to help her situation over the weekend when she sat down with interviewer Soledad O’Brien, who brought up the voter ID subject to see if Harris is open to compromise with Republicans on the issue.
“I don’t think that we should underestimate what that could mean,” Harris replied. “Because in some people’s mind, that means, well, you’re going to have to Xerox or photocopy your ID to send it in to prove that you are who you are.”
“Well, there are a whole lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t — there’s no Kinko’s, there’s no OfficeMax near them,” Harris said, which immediately sparked outrage on social media.
Kamala Harris absurdly says it’s “almost impossible” for rural Americans to photocopy their ID pic.twitter.com/J94IuGBFLv
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 10, 2021
Harris’ weak and misguided excuse for not supporting voter ID conveniently omitted the fact that many of us “rural” peasants have acquired the wealth necessary to have color printers with photocopying capabilities or the fact that virtually every small town has at least one location (usually many) that offer photocopying services.
The backlash was fierce
Plenty of people on social media had a lot to say about Harris’ weird remarks, with many feeling that they were pretentious in addition to completely inaccurate and ridiculously out of touch with reality.
One Twitter user wrote: “Um, hi! Waving hand Rural American here. We can photocopy & scan birth certificates, just like what we do when we apply for new SS cards, fill out info for DMV & the IRS. And *gasp* we have electricity AND running water too!”
“Hi, I live on top of a mountain on the WV/VA border and I can photocopy my ID. I mean I do it while moonshining White Lightning while dueling banjos play in the background but I can still do it,” another Twitter user wrote.
Her comments aren’t unlike those made previously by President Joe Biden, who said during a CNN Town Hall that he wasn’t sure if certain races or rural Americans could use the internet to register for a COVID-19 vaccination.
“Not everybody in the community, in the Hispanic and the African-American community, particularly in rural areas that are distant and, or inner-city districts know how to use, know how to get online to determine how to get in line for that COVID vaccination at the Walgreens,” Biden said at the time.