Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) faced backlash on Monday for making a derogatory comment about Vice President Kamala Harris, with many deeming it racist. During an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, Kennedy criticized the Biden Administration’s border policies and took a personal shot at Harris.
He stated that Americans have concluded that Vice President Harris is not capable, and when her IQ reaches 75, she should sell. MacCallum did not react to the comment, but it sparked outrage on social media, with many calling it racist, misogynistic, disgusting, unnecessary, and hateful.
In an attempt to soften his remark, Kennedy added that he was not saying it was fair or accurate, but that it was the conclusion reached by the American public. This is not the first time the right-wing lawmaker has made controversial comments. He previously came under fire for making derogatory remarks about Mexico, suggesting that without America, Mexicans would be eating cat food and living in tents.
Additionally, Kennedy made another dubious remark about Harris in July, suggesting that she needed to work on being more articulate and implying that English may not be her first language based on her performances.
The senator’s comments have drawn criticism for their racist undertones and for perpetuating harmful stereotypes. Many argue that such language has no place in political discourse and undermines efforts towards inclusivity and equality.