It wasn’t long ago that critics of then-candidate Joe Biden suggested that his selection of Kamala Harris as his presidential running mate was nothing more than an obvious “trojan horse” play to eventually push Harris into the presidential position, making her the first female, Black president in American history.
Though there’s no solid evidence to back those claims, a series of recent gaffes and maneuvers lend a little more credibility to such predictions, especially the most recent move in which federal agencies were reportedly instructed to refer to the administration as the “Biden-Harris administration,” according to PJ Media.
What does it mean?
Outspoken broke the story by reporting on a memo they reportedly received from “an employee of a federal government agency,” which was reportedly sent to that employee from a “top White House communications team member.”
“Please be sure to reference the current administration as the ‘Biden-Harris Administration’ in official public communications,” the memo read — and as PJ Media pointed out, “Biden-Harris Administration” was bolded in the original message.
The move, which has been labeled as unusual by many, truly is eyebrow-raising, given that it’s not something typically done by presidential administrations. Until this bizarre change in messaging, administrations have always been referred to by the current president’s last name alone.
Press releases from virtually every federal agency now use the new term, and it’s also present on the websites of at least 15 executive departments of government. In other words, the White House is making an extended effort to brand the administration by prominently displaying Harris’ name on everything.
It was unclear at the time of this writing when the directive was reportedly sent, but it did crop up on the heels of Biden’s fall while he tried to navigate the stairs of Air Force One. It also comes in the wake of Harris making headlines over the past two months for being the point person with regard to taking calls from various world leaders — a job typically handled by the president.
“Indicative of the struggle”
Former ambassador to Germany and former acting director of national intelligence Ric Grenell offered his opinion on why he believes Harris is being elevated so quickly into Biden’s first term in the White House.
“The fact that the White House is instructing federal agencies to replace ‘Biden’ with ‘Biden-Harris’ after less than 60 days is indicative of the struggle Joe Biden is already having being President,” Grenell said, according to PJ Media. “This is a signal that he can’t do the job alone.”
Grenell also took aim at the issue of Harris taking calls from world leaders in place of the president, saying that while there’s certainly a time and place for the vice president to step in, initial calls from foreign leaders are always handled by the new president.
If the Biden-Harris administration had any intention of downplaying conspiracy theories that Harris is being prepped for a takeover, they certainly took a few steps backward in the White House’s latest move to rebrand the administration.
Only time will tell if Harris is one way or another elevated to the Oval Office, but after Biden’s first trainwreck of a press conference, which was an embarrassment on the world stage, it might actually be a welcomed change for many Americans.