California Recall

“Tone deaf”: Biden, Harris pilloried over Newsom recall campaigning amid crises

12:03 p.m. – Vice President Kamala Harris will not make her planned appearance at a drive thru campaign rally at the Cow Palace with Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday.

The event has been cancelled Newsom campaign officials said Thursday afternoon.

11:30 a.m. – President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ attempts to leverage national support and rally a defense for Gov. Gavin Newsom in the face of a Sept. 14 recall election is facing its own challenges: a bubbling of crises overseas and in the Golden State.

Harris, who is set to visit the Bay Area on Friday for a “drive-thru car rally” in support of Newsom at the Cow Palace in Daly City, is coming under attack for taking a political trip shortly after American military personnel and civilians were targeted in Kabul amid a mass evacuation of Afghanistan.

12 U.S. service members were killed in the attack. Another 15 are injured, the Pentagon announced.

Ron Nehring, the former California Republican Party chairman, called the planned rally in the wake of American deaths overseas “a bad look.”

Other Twitter users characterized it as “tone deaf.”

Meanwhile, California lawmakers are pressing President Biden to visit the bevy of devastating wildfires in Northern California.

One day after Biden signed a major disaster declaration for Lassen, Nevada, Placer, and Plumas counties over raging wildfires, Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R–Richvale), Tom McClintock (R–Elk Grove), State Sen. Jim Nielsen (R–Gerber), Asms. Frank Bigelow (R–O’Neals), James Gallagher (R–Nicolaus), and Megan Dahle (R-Bieber) asked Biden to “tour the Dixie Fire, Caldor Fire or Beckwourth Complex Fire damage if you are out in California in the coming weeks.”

Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that a Biden campaign trip to defend Newsom was “still certainly his plan” despite the Afghanistan crisis.

No date or location of a Presidential trip has been given.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.