More than a laugh: Kamala Harris’ is a sound check for a divided country

LA Times

Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a virtual meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on May 7. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

“You’re writing a story in the Los Angeles Times about the vice president’s laugh? I think that’s laughable.” — Bakari Sellers, Democratic lawyer and CNN commentator

Seriously, to weigh how the first woman and first woman of color to become vice president is perceived, Kamala Harris’ laugh may provide the ultimate gauge.

While many people just hear levity in her laugh, those on the right react with heckles and attacks, a difference that says as much about the divisive, personally vicious state of politics as any debates over policies.

President Trump made fun of “the laugh” at a late October rally in Pennsylvania. “Ha! Ha! Ha!” he bellowed mockingly, and mirthlessly, adding his own snicker as he otherwise savaged Harris for being “more liberal than ‘crazy Bernie.’”

Publish : 2021-07-22 10:56:00

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