VP Harris criticized by liberal side for Twitter response, photo after Roe v. Wade decision
Harris' response is being scrutinized for being too vague and tone-deaf
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Vice President Kamala Harris is facing criticism from what appears to be liberals who think she gave a tepid response Friday to the Supreme Court striking down Roe v. Wade, the decades-old court decision that gives women the constitutional right to an abortion.
"I know there are women out there who are afraid," Harris tweeted along with a picture of her on Air Force 2 watching CNN's coverage of protesters. "To those of you who feel alone and scared: I want you to know the President and I are fighting for you and your rights. We are in this fight together."
The criticism comes amid more forceful responses from top Democrat lawmakers such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
"Roe is dead, but the Supreme Court extremists do not get the last word," Warren said after the court's conservative major struck down the 1973 decision. "We will make Roe alive again. I am angry."
Writer Hillary Kelly wrote that Harris should "describe the tactics, explain the policy, give us the rundown" on how the administration is "fighting" for women and right to abortion.
Actor James Urbaniak quipped an alternate caption for Harris' photo could have been, "I want you to know: we are watching TV."
Writer Anna Gifty wrote, "Not VP Kamala Harris watching the erosion of #RoeVsWade from her plane, at a distance. Whoever thought this was good photo-op needs to be fired immediately."
She also equated the effort to politicians' frequent, stock response to a terrible or tragic event.
"This is literally the embodiment of 'thoughts and prayers,' " she said.
Editor-at-large for Philadelphia magazine, Ernest Owens, wrote he'll believe Harris' Twitter respond only if and when she convinces President Biden to abolishing the Senate's legislative filibuster so that Congress can codify abortion rights.
Imani Barbarin, a disability rights and inclusion activist, "Who was the strategist that decided a photo op on a taxpayer funded private plane both physically and metaphorically above the people watching pensively while not demonstrating action was a good idea?"
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