During and after the 2020 election, Vice President Kamala Harris had an online army of devoted supporters who were willing to fervently fight on her behalf against all critics, from the right or the left, that came to be known as the #KHive.
However, 18 months after taking office, interviews with current and former members of the KHive have revealed that while most still support the VP, they are no longer quite as willing to engage online with others on her behalf, TheBlaze reported.
For some, that is due to Harris not living up to the high expectations her supporters set for her, while for others it is likely the fact that Harris has few actual accomplishments to tout, and still others are simply fatigued from the incessant online combat in the VP’s defense.
Not the person I thought I was voting for
The left-leaning Daily Beast recently reached out to several of the most prominent current and former members of the online #KHive for a sort of update on how things were going, and the disillusionment with reality was evident.
“I would never, ever say that I regret supporting the first Black woman vice president, ever. But the disappointment is real,” said one anonymous former member who admitted that their expectations had been set too high.
They added, “I was obsessed with the idea of this person who could undo the systemic, the systematic racism and sexism and heterosexism in government with one fell swoop, and now I’m thinking to myself, did I just make up a person in my head who could do those things?”
Supporters have moved on to other candidates, future elections
One prominent current member named Chris Evans — not the actor — seemed to suggest that some KHive members, while still supportive of Harris, had largely begun to move on from the VP to instead engage in online fights on behalf of other up-and-coming candidates at all levels.
Evans said, “Her supporters continue to defend her from unfair, baseless attacks, but now that she’s in office, they have largely pivoted to helping elect more Democrats at the federal, state, and local levels who will provide support for the Biden-Harris policy agenda.”
Another supporter, Chantay Berry, suggested that the drop-off in visible online support for Harris among the KHive was due to the fact that the VP was too often required to stay close to Washington D.C. in order to cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate, and chastised those who were already looking ahead to the 2024 presidential election and whether Harris would be the nominee or not.
“We need to focus on winning the midterms and everybody is jumping ahead two years later — like, we’re still in the midst of a primary, people!” she told the Daily Beast. “She broke ties about 13 or 15 times within the first year. We gotta vote this year so that she doesn’t need to spend every moment breaking ties.”
Low approval like an unspoken factor
Left largely unmentioned by those who spoke with the Daily Beast are VP Harris’ incredibly dismal approval ratings, which according to the Los Angeles Times are even lower than that of President Joe Biden as well as all of her recent predecessors over the past few decades.
Indeed, according to FiveThirtyEight‘s compilation of approval polls, Harris is currently underwater by -15.6 percent, with an average approval rating of 37.6 percent compared to a disapproval rating of 53.2 percent.