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Let’s Play: Kamala Harris or Donald Trump?

Left: Then Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) speaks to reporters during a break at the impeachment trial of then President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., January 24, 2020. Right: Former president Donald Trump speaks at CPAC in Orlando, Fla., February 28, 2021. (Joshua Roberts, Octavio Jones/Reuters)

In response to A Brutal Washington Post Story on Kamala Harris

John — reading through the Washington Post’s story on Kamala Harris, I wondered if Hasbro ought to mass-produce a board game in time for Christmas called, Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 

Some sample questions:

  1. This person’s management style would lend itself to a TV show called “The Apprentice.” Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 
  2. This person’s defenders argue that the criticism they endure is particularly harsh because they are different from the sorts of people who usually occupy high office. Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 
  3. This person refuses to wade into briefing materials prepared by staff members, then berates employees when they appear unprepared. Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 
  4. With this person, staff have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism, leading them to ask why they are constantly propping up a bully. Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 
  5. Critics scattered over two decades point to an inconsistent and at times degrading person who burns through seasoned staff members who have succeeded in other demanding, high-profile positions. Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 
  6. One of the things staff agree upon is that the common denominator throughout the dysfunction is this person. Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 
  7. Many worry that this person’s inability to keep and retain staff will hobble their ambitions. Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 
  8. Explaining the exodus, White House officials argue it’s not unusual that this person’s staff would depart at the one-year mark. Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 

And those are just the questions that flow from the Post’s report. We could add:

  1. Informed that they could not restrict the Bill of Rights via executive order, this person laughed and responded, “Yes, we can.” Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 
  2. This person showed no interest in overturning wrongful convictions, even when they had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors. Kamala Harris or Donald Trump? 
  3. This person has fantasized about taking guns away from American citizens who have not been convicted of a crime. Kamala Harris or Donald Trump?
  4. This person has insinuated that they are in possession of devastating information about a matter of great public import, only to go quiet when the time came to reveal it. Kamala Harris or Donald Trump?

It’ll be a smash. I’m sure of it.

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