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A statement from President Joe Biden’s sister has led to new speculation that the first family may be trying to move Vice President Kamala Harris off the ticket ahead of the 2024 election as her polling numbers continue to tank or, at a minimum, ruin her chances of ever becoming president.
As reported by the New York Post, Valerie Biden Owens, the president’s sister, has endorsed the 41-year-old Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, as a presidential candidate in the near future rather than Harris, who normally would be viewed as the heir apparent were she to serve two terms as Biden’s second-in-command.
“Biden Owens, a veteran political strategist and campaign manager for her brother, has spoken out about her keenness for the mom of two to venture into politics, previously agreeing that Markle would “make a good presidential candidate one day,'” The Post reported, quoting Biden’s sister.
The outlet went on to note that Markle ties with Harris in a survey of Democratic voters’ choice of a female presidential candidate; both are ahead of two-time presidential loser Hillary Clinton.
“The more women we have, the better our democratic system will work, with a better point of view, a different point of view and we embrace all women,” Biden Owns said, according to The Post. “We welcome Markle to come in and join the Democratic Party.”
The situation led to some humorous speculation from Fox News star Greg Gutfeld.
“I feel like the Biden family is trolling Kamala,” he said on “The Five” this week, per OK magazine. “Did you see that rumor in The Post. It’s great. Joe Biden’s sister … she is pushing Meghan Markle. You know that is upsetting Kamala Harris when the president’s sister is saying, ‘You know who will be a good president: Meghan Markle.’ That is just jamming it in!”
“My feeling the only way Kamala sticks around is as Gavin Newsom’s running mate — then you are going to get two people from California representing the Democrats. That is the worse state in the union. That is like choosing two members of ‘The View’ to represent America in the Miss Universe pageant. It is not a good choice,” he further quipped.
Reports of tension between Biden and Harris date back to their earliest days in the White House together.
New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns detail in their 2022 book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future” several of the most tense moments and exchanges between the two leaders.
In one case, the book claimed that Biden left GOP senators aghast during legislative negotiations months after they took office in 2021 when he flatly shut down Harris in front of all in attendance.
During a meeting in May of that year, Biden and Harris met with senators to discuss passing a $1 trillion infrastructure measure through Congress when Harris reportedly “thought that there was something missing from the conversation.”
The book then claims that Harris “began to make the case for a larger package than the one Republicans seemed to have in mind,” which included adding more Democratic priorities.
“Biden dismissed her comment immediately,” the authors explain, adding, “that even the Republican senators were taken aback” by his harsh tone.
In another meeting, the NYT authors quote then-Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan, who recounted a meeting between Biden, Harris, and a handful of governors.
Hogan recalled Harris’s role in meetings as “very strange,” saying she sat quietly, and it was noticeable.
“Harris did not say a word,” Hogan said, going on to add that he didn’t know if Harris was “just being deferential to the president — didn’t want to step on him” or there was something else going on.