You might not know it, but Vice President Kamala Harris and her boss’s State Department are Americans. Although, in recent days, I can understand why you might be tempted to think otherwise. I mean, I don’t think it’s all that normal or American for our national leaders to post tweets that paint the United States in a bad light to some of our most notorious and violent enemies.
And yet, on Wednesday, that is exactly what the US Department of State and presumably VP Harris did.
On that day, a tweet was created by the US “virtual embassy in Iran” that shared a quote by Kamala Harris likening our nation to a hotbed of cultural and ethnic hostility. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the tweet was done in Farsi, the official language of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
According to Google translator, the tweet reads, “The truth is: there is racial discrimination in America. There is xenophobia in America. Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homosexuality, transgression, all exist. Tackling injustice wherever it is, activity is ahead.”
Now, this is problematic for a number of reasons.
Firstly, is the fact that the State Department, via Kamala Harris, just told Iran, a nation that has long been at odds with the US and where the phrase “death to America” is commonly shouted from rooftops, that we are a mess, a place of enmity, hate, animosity, and moral injustice. No matter their cultural backgrounds or injustices felt, both of these entities should never even remotely be talking about America in a bad light, especially to our perceived enemies.
As former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, the fact that they did is “truly dangerous,” as well as “ungrounded in reality.” Now, to be clear, that doesn’t mean that America shouldn’t be able to admit its faults and issues. But to our enemies? It’s simply unwise and something you just don’t do.
Then again, neither the State Department nor Harris is even supposed to be really speaking to Iran at all.
As I mentioned above, the tweet was made through the “virtual” US embassy in Iran, a creation of the State Department to supposedly “inform and educate” Iranians about the United States. But it really has no official capacity, as there have been no legitimate political ties or diplomatic relations between the US and Iran since 1979, when Iran officials took American diplomates hostage and kept them in captivity for over a year.
And pretty much nothing since then has caused America to trust the Islamic nation anymore. From the bombing of a Jewish center in 1994 to support for rebels in Yemen and the continued terrorist attacks on US soil, there is nothing to suggest Iran has any love for us.
Creating a tweet like this, painting America as a broken nation to the face of those who just might hate us the most, isn’t doing us any favors. Again, it’s dangerous.
Then, to matters even worse, the tweet includes a line about taking action against those “injustices.”
Can you imagine how the radical Muslims of Iran would like to take action against America’s injustices? Let’s just say it’s not good for any of us.
And yet, here we have our second in command and one of the highest offices in the nation suggesting that action should indeed be taken, not to mention spoken directly to and in the official language of a government hellbent on creating nuclear weapons and making threats against the US.
Again, I can see why you might not think of Harris or the State Department under President Joe Biden as being very American.
Although to be clear, the post wasn’t actually created by Harris. She did, in fact, say these words, but they were part of a much larger speech given on January 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and so have been taken out of context quite a bit.
Whoever chose to use them in this way simply rewrote and translated them to create this post. And whoever it was is employed by the State Department.
However, that doesn’t necessarily wash Kamala’s hands clean of the situation. As you might have noticed from the post itself, her official Twitter account was tagged in the post, which means she at least was given notice about its creation and didn’t object.
In any case, it’s not a good look for a woman and an administration who is already the least liked in all of American history.