Ron Klain: ‘Sexism and racism are part of the problem’ with Harris criticism


Former White House chief of staff Ron Klain says that sexism and racism are partially to blame for the swirl of criticism and negative stories that have followed Kamala Harris during her tenure as vice president.

“Well, I do think sexism and racism are part of the problem, no question about it,” Klain told Kara Swisher on an episode of her podcast, “On With Kara Swisher,” released Thursday. “I think she was not as well known in national politics before she became vice president. And I think that she hasn’t gotten the credit for all that she’s done.”

Klain’s comments come after a Reuters story published last month stated that Harris was “gearing up for another national campaign,” despite bad poll numbers and concerns about her from Democrats. Following that, senior administration officials publicly came to her defense.