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Jill Biden’s anger at Harris detailed in new book: ‘Should we choose who attacked Joe?’


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First lady Jill Biden has expressed frustration that Kamala Harris is the top choice for vice president, according to a forthcoming book by two New York Times reporters.

An excerpt provided to Fox News from Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns’ upcoming book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future,” outlines the vice presidential nomination process during Trump’s 2020 campaign. Joe Biden.


Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden listen to President Biden deliver remarks during the 153rd National Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington, Virginia on May 31, 2021.
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“‘There are millions of people in the United States,’ she began. ‘Why,’ she asked, ‘must we choose whoever attacked Joe,’” the authors wrote. about a conversation Jill Biden had after learning Harris became a leading candidate to serve as Biden’s running mate.

Several members of Biden’s inner circle, however, backed Harris on the ticket. Ron Klain, now the White House chief of staff, had been tasked with vetting the vice presidential candidates and, according to the book, told Biden early on that Harris was the most qualified for the job because she had her -even sought the presidency.

“Yes, Harris had attacked Biden harder than any other major Democratic primary candidate. Yes, the Biden family had seen it as libel and betrayal. In Klain’s assessment, that would work to Biden’s advantage” , says the book. “Choosing Harris will show people that you are magnanimous and forgiving, Klain told Biden. It will show the country what a unifying leader you can be.”

The book also highlights Biden’s own reservations about selecting Harris as his running mate. Noting his “past romantic relationship with Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco who appointed Harris to two minor political posts,” the book says Biden described the behavior “as the kind of thing that should be banned.”

President Biden speaks with Vice President Kamala Harris after signing HR 55, the “Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act,” during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 29, 2022.
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Others considered Biden’s running mate, as noted in the book, included New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, as well as activists and members of Congress from across the country.

Another candidate who pushed hard for the role was Stacey Abrams, who, according to the book, “didn’t pass the test” and was deemed by Biden’s advisers a lost cause after failing to win the race. Governor of Georgia in 2018.

“Abrams fought hard to earn real consideration but never got over the experience problem” that Biden advisers warned him about, according to the book.

Grisham, whom the book presented as a “no frills former health secretary buried in pandemic management on the ground,” told the book’s authors that Biden’s team vetting process was “foolish”.

“He asked me to sell him the job of vice president: ‘Why should you be vice president?’” Lujan Grisham said, according to the book.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
(Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

“I didn’t ask to be vice president,” she told Biden. “You asked for me to be vetted – you tell me why you think I would make a good vice president. It wasn’t my idea.”


Other candidates discussed in the book, including Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; Rep. Karen Bass, D-California; and Rep. Val Demmings, D-Fla., were all considered by the Biden campaign to be “compromised or risky” picks. These candidates also came to a similar conclusion: Harris was going to be the nominee.

Biden advisers viewed Harris as the surest choice to win the White House, even with his history of targeting Biden.

“You know, white women are incredibly racist, just like white men,” a close Biden adviser said in the book. “None of this was safe. It was a risky thing to do. But it was the safest choice we had.”

The book is due out May 3.

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