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.”
While American troops are being targeted in Afghanistan amidst Biden’s disastrous moves there. That’s a bad look. https://t.co/rSTxMRzsiF— Ron Nehring (@RonNehring) August 26, 2021
American servicemembers are being killed by terrorists in Kabul and the VP wants to campaign with the beleaguered CA Gov https://t.co/Ux12l3axRi— Jesse Hunt (@JJHunt10) August 26, 2021
Instead of dealing with the catastrophe in Afghanistan that cost American service members their lives…. Kamala is holding a rally for Gavin Newsom…..— Austin Kruger (@AustinKruger) August 26, 2021
Praying for the safety of our troops. https://t.co/MypBE1ORRE
First of all, how much #tonedeaf can you get. Second, if you 'must stay in their vehicles' what does it matter if you've been vaccinated or tested negatively? (deleted earlier post due to typo) https://t.co/wQrVFfGwTO— Karen Bowman (@KBow5) August 26, 2021
The Biden Admin is too busy saving themselves to save our troops and civilians overseas https://t.co/MfEQh6tkxd— Sam (@SunshineSt8Sam) August 26, 2021
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.