All three networks united Wednesday to praise the Biden campaign for choosing far-left Democrat Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate.
ABC’s Good Morning America spent over 23 minutes fawning over Harris without even one mention of her radical politics. They were too busy running out of adjectives to describe the “powerful" "groundbreaking” “historic” “trailblazing” choice. This wasn’t exactly how Vice President Mike Pence was treated when Trump chose him as his running mate, nor even how another female vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin was treated in 2008.
In fact, the only time the word “radical” or “far-left” came up in any of ABC’s coverage was when correspondent Mary Bruce mocked President Trump for being “eager to cast Harris as a radical and far left,” but donating to her Senate campaign in 2011. ABC even floated the idea that maybe Harris was not actually liberal enough. They asked a progressive activist if she was “too centrist” to “galvanize Democrats” (which was quickly shot down by their guest.)
Because several segments devoted to touting Harris uncritically wasn’t enough, GMA also brought on Harris’s “friend” in the Senate, Amy Klobuchar to sing her praises as well. At least this interview wasn’t as nauseating as CBS’s one with Valerie Jarrett this morning.
Roberts invited Klobuchar, who repeatedly touted her friendship with Harris, to explain what this “historic moment” meant for the country: “Now, this is not only an historic moment for the democratic party but the nation as well. What do you believe that this moment means?”
After asking what kind of “challenge” Harris posed for the Trump campaign, Klobuchar bragged her challenge was being “too smart and too tough” for their opponents to handle. She also whined that Trump's response to Biden's decision was a sexist attack.
“He [Trump] started calling her names. Those names that he has used against so many women during his presidency, nasty and angry and those kinds of things,” she complained.
Roberts picked up on that to also fret Harris would face sexist criticism:
As you said, Senator, there has been criticism already of Kamala Harris and many feel that some of the remarks have been sexist, something that you had to deal with during the primary. So how do you feel that that perhaps will be a factor in the coming months?
This has been the media’s message all week, clearly trying to insulate Harris from any scrutiny by immediately labeling it as sexist and shutting down the conversation. NBC and CBS also brought on Susan Rice and Valerie Jarrett respectively this morning to warn the media not to scrutinize Harris too much because THAT would be sexism.
Read the transcript below:
Good Morning America
ROBIN ROBERTS: Joining us now is Minnesota senator and former presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar. Senator, thank you so much for spending some time with us this morning. We really do appreciate it. Always good to see you. I know that you supported that a woman of color be the VP selection by Joe Biden. Now, this is not only an historic moment for the democratic party but the nation as well. What do you believe that this moment means?
KLOBUCHAR: First of all, Kamala is my friend so I've got to look at it that way first and a lot of times when people run against each other, they grow farther apart. Sometimes people don't even speak to each other after. She and I became close friends. We grew to respect each other and so I got to talk to her yesterday. She is going to be a wonderful candidate but most importantly a wonderful vice president and in terms of the moment, Robin, yes, it's historic. It's historic because for so long women of color have been as the movie once said hidden figures behind the scenes, building the rockets, doing the work and then not always getting that limelight and that changed yesterday when Joe Biden made this historic decision. I also think you're living in a time like no other with -- when you have the immigrants and the women of color, the African-Americans who have been so hit by this pandemic when you look at the numbers, their rates of dying and their rates of being on the front line doing those essential worker jobs way over their weight, double, triple, quadruple sometimes in some of the states and at the same time a national movement over the murder of George Floyd in my state so all of this comes together to make Kamala such a great candidate and just we need someone with experience. We need someone who can work side by side with Joe Biden and truly govern and that's Kamala Harris.
ROBERTS: What kind of challenge do you think that she poses to the Trump campaign in this race?
KLOBUCHAR: I think that she poses a challenge of being really smart and really tough and someone who's not going to take their grief and as someone who is going to simply do the work and go out there and they're going to try to throw stuff at her. Last night instead of just welcoming her to the race, that's what leaders do, right, they say, look, welcome to the race. That's not what happened with the President of the United States. He started calling her names. Those names that he has used against so many women during his presidency, nasty and angry and those kinds of things. And to me that just show what is kind of guy he is but what you're now going to see today when Joe Biden stands with my friend, Kamala, you're going to see what kind of woman she is and that's someone of strength, someone of empathy, someone who loves her family, loves her husband, I think you're just going to see something that's going to make any attacks that Donald Trump makes against her just be washed away by the goodness of this decision and the goodness of our next president, Joe Biden.
ROBERTS: As you said, Senator, there has been criticism already of Kamala Harris and many feel that some of the remarks have been sexist, something that you had to deal with during the primary. So how do you feel that that perhaps will be a factor in the coming months?
KLOBUCHAR: I think it's going to happen all the time. All of us have faced it. As I said at one of the presidential debate, if this was so easy you could play a game called name your favorite woman president or maybe name your favorite woman vice president. You can't play that game because there's never been one and a lot of that is because women are held to different standards in politics and a lot of things that people said seem innocent but a lot of times they really go at things that get in people's heads. And I think the Biden campaign has handled this so well rolling out this tremendous woman yesterday as the candidate. I don't think they're going to let this happen. We've learned a lot over Hillary's election. We've learned a lot when she was running for Senate and then what happened to her when she was running for president. We have learned a lot. And I think you already see a whole force of women and men standing up for Kamala Harris and that's what's going to take. Again, I don't want all of that to lose this moment. Not just the historic moment, an African-American, Indian-American woman on the ticket but also who she is and the fact she's on the intelligence committee and has done, I've seen it behind closed doors, not just in public, she's going to be able to work on foreign policy the moment she hits the White House. She's going to be able to work on justice issues with the work we've done together on the judiciary committee.
ROBERTS: All of her qualifications, Senator, thank you so much. We'll see Kamala Harris with Joe Biden later today for the first time together. We appreciate your time as always.